Blood river

Kevin passed near to Blood River today. The history of the battle is well known, commemorated for years as the Day of the Vow, giving Boers a Godly provenance. The day is commemorated today as the Day of Reconciliation.

Leading the Boers was Andries Pretorius; leading the Zulus was General Ndlela; the day was 16 December 1838. After the Zulus were deciminated by the Boers, King Dingaan had Ndlela strangled – the charge: high treason. The Boers helped Mpande take the throne after Dingaan was overthrown in 1840.

In 1971 a laager of 64 impressive ox wagons, cast in bronze, was erected. Across the river the Ncome Museum and Monument commemorates the Zulus who fell in the battle.

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