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Great Trek

noun
1.
(South African, history) the Great Trek, the migration of Boer farmers with their slaves and African servants from the Cape Colony to the north and east from about 1836 to 1845 to escape British authority
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  • It was in vain that the British authorities of Cape Colony tried to stop this "great trek."

  • Here is the record of a few late camp fires of the great trek.

    Stepsons of Light Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  • There was much heroism in the great trek, but there was also for the young and hale an exhilarating element of sport.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • This trek is symbolic of the "great trek" in which their ancestors died.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • During the great trek alarms regarding mines were most frequent.

    With Botha in the Field Eric Moore Ritchie
  • However incredible it seemed, it was evident that the "great trek" had begun at last.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • Others arose between 1826 and 1836, when the great trek was inaugurated.

  • The actual hardships of the great trek thrust themselves into evidence on every hand, at every hour.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
  • The great trek was similar to the emigration of the Mormons.

    Boer Politics Yves Guyot
  • They came to the Fourteenth Street store not long after daybreak and there began the great trek uptown—stock and fixtures.

    The Romance of a Great Store Edward Hungerford

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