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SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY

SOUTH AFRICA HAS HAD A LONG, VIOLENT HISTORY, BUT NOW THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHTER. JOIN US ON A HISTORICAL TRIP THROUGH SOUTH AFRICA.

In 1652, Jan van Riebeeck and 90 men land at the Cape of Good Hope. They are under instructions by the Dutch East India Company to build a fort and develop a vegetable garden for ships on their way to Asia.

In the early 1700s, Afrikaner farmers (Boers) begin to push north and east into other parts of South Africa.

The British take the Cape over from the Dutch in 1795. Seven years later, the colony is returned to the Dutch government, only to come under British rule again in 1806.

The emancipation of slaves in 1834 causes the Great Trek. This is an emigration north and east of about 12,000 Boers. They are determined to live independently in a racially-divided society.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (189) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: How to end a presentation. Find out how to end a speech effectively, and read our top tips on how to really make an impression with your ending! Plus, 12 useful words and expressions for talking about vegetables, 10 useful expressions for the phone, 6 useful expressions for talking about problems, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • The internet – funny YouTube videos. • Education – how to learn on your own. • Grammar – modal verbs. • Art – abstract art. • Publicity – classified ads. • Celebrities – Matt Damon & Morgan Freeman. • History – South Africa & Nelson Mandela. • Travel – South Africa. • Fashion – street style. • Hollywood – Clint Eastwood. • Technology – technophobia. • Learning English – how to listen to English. • Food – French toast. • Accents – the southern US accent. • Work – office crime. • Culture – pubs. • Language – similes. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!