On this day in 1834…

On 1 December 1834, the ‘wicked’ British Empire outlawed slavery in the Cape Colony. The trading in slaves had been banned throughout the Empire in 1807 (the Slave Trade Act 1807, officially ‘An Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade’), and...

The 8th Brigade at Dundee

There is a certain type of person[i] who, desperate to justify the republican invasions of British territory which started the Boer War, will claim that this was only done because ‘the British were massing on the borders’. Not only is this...

James / Jan Morris – RIP

Was saddened to read of the passing of Jan Morris: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2020/11/20/jan-morris-travel-writer-historian-author-landmark-memoir-conundrum/ Very complex and talented historian who wrote one of the most interesting...

The Bigger Picture

South African history is often viewed through the prism of South African exceptionalism, with little or no understanding of how events fitted into the world at large. Thus, the Boer War is (farcically) portrayed as a dastardly British attempt to...

Mayflower Mentality

I was watching a documentary series on Netflix the other day called ‘Wild, Wild Country’, and heard a phrase for the first time: ‘Mayflower Mentality’. A bit of Googling about this resulted in the following definition:The belief in the “First...