List of battles in South Africa

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List of Battles in South Africa is a list of all military conflicts or battles fought within the borders of South Africa

Khoikhoi–Dutch Wars (1650–80)[edit]

  • First Khoikhoi–Dutch War 1659
  • Second Khoikhoi–Dutch War 1673
  • Third Khoikhoi–Dutch War 1674–99

Anglo-Dutch rivalry (1664–1804)[edit]

Bartolomeu Dias, a Portuguese navigator, discovered the Cape of Good Hope in 1488. The Dutch settlement in the area began in March 1647. A Dutch expedition of 90 Calvinist settlers, under the command of Jan van Riebeeck, founded the first permanent settlement near the Cape of Good Hope in 1652. Cape Colony established in 1652. 31 December 1687 a community of Huguenots arrived at the Cape from the Netherlands. See also Huguenots in South Africa.

Cape of Good Hope War (Cape Colony)[edit]

Xhosa Wars[edit]

also known as the Kaffir Wars or Cape Frontier Wars or Dispossession Wars

  • First war (1779–81)
  • Second war (1789–93)
  • Third war (1799–1803)
  • Fourth War (1811–12)
  • Fifth War (1818–19)
  • Sixth War (1834–36)
  • Seventh War (1846–1847)
  • Eighth War (1850–53)
  • Cattle Killings (1856–58)
  • Ninth War (1877–79)

Ndwandwe–Zulu War (1817–19)[edit]

Also known as the Zulu Civil War. The fallout from this war led to the catastrophe known as the Mfeqane.

Battles between the Voortrekkers and Ndebele (1836-1837)[edit]

Battles between the Voortrekkers and the Zulu (1838–40)[edit]

Natal (1842-1843)[edit]

Transorangia (1845-1848)[edit]

South African Republic (1854-)[edit]

Zulu Succession (1856)[edit]

Free State–Basotho Wars (1858-1868)[edit]

  • Senekal's War 1858
  • Seqiti War which included two conflicts, in 1865−1866 and 1867−1868

Koranna War (1868)[edit]

  • The Koranna War breaks out along the Orange River. 1868

Anglo-Zulu War (11 January – 4 July 1879)[edit]

First Boer War (16 December 1880 – 23 March 1881)[edit]

The British recognised the two Boer Republics in 1852 and 1854, but the annexation of the Transvaal in 1877 led to the First Boer War in 1880 and 1881. After British defeats, most heavily at the Battle of Majuba Hill, Transvaal independence was restored subject to certain conditions, but relations were uneasy.

Between the two Boer Wars[edit]

Second Boer War (11 October 1899 – 31 May 1902)[edit]

between the British Empire and the two independent Boer republics of the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic) and the Orange Free State.

First World War (1914-1918)[edit]

See also[edit]