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Number: 2353
Continent: Africa
Region: South
Place Names: South Africa, Stellaland, Transvaal, Vryburg, Hart River, Tweelings Kop, Goshen, Genesa
Year of Origin: 1885
Title: Karte des STELLA - LANDES nach amitlichen Berichten & Vermessungen zusammengestellt von R. A. Lavertine BFQUI
Sub-Title: [upper right margin] Jahrgang 1885 Taf. 4
Language: German
Publish Origin: Gotha
Height: 24.1
Width: 18.4
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Scale: 1 : 960,000
Color Type: Outline Color
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Cartographer: R. A. Lavertine
August Petermann
Engraver: C. Barich
Bruno Hassenstein
Publisher: Geographische Mittheilungen
Johann Georg Justus Perthes and Heirs
Other Contributors:
Northernmost Latitude: -25.85
Southernmost Latitude: -27.9
Westernmost Longitude: 24.5
Easternmost Longitude: 26.4
Measurement Notes: on map
Notes: [see map #3266 as original English edition d. 1884]; This is German edition map of Stellaland, a short lived Boer Republic located near the modern day Botswana, west of the Transvaal, which existed as a country from July 26, 1882 until late 1884, when it was annexed by the Transvaal, shortly before the Transvaal was invaded by Great Britain. The present map shows just the original Republic, pre-dating the merger of Stellaland and Goshen to form the United States of Stellaland. This German edition map is drawn from R.A. Lavertine's Map of Stellaland, compiled from inspections, reports and Surveys and published in the Surveyor General's Department in Cape Town, in 1884. OCLC reports the original of Lavartine's map survives in three recorded examples (British Library and University of Leiden, and the Afriterra Library #3266). The town of Vryburg was founded and declared its capital. At its founding, the new country was home to an estimated population of 20,500 individuals, 3,000 of whom were of European ancestry. The State of Goshen, named after the biblical Land of Goshen, was founded by Nicolaas Claudius Gey van Pittius, in October 1882, in the neighboring area called Rooigrond, with the approval of chief Moshette. Goshen had an estimated population of 17,000, of whom approximately 2,000 were of European origin. On August, 6 1883, Stellaland and Goshen united to form the United States of Stellaland. Whether the independence of any of these states was ever recognized by another country is not clear. Several British sources refer to van Niekerk and his followers as "freebooters" and "marauders," but recognition from the United Kingdom can be implied from a telegram that was erroneously sent by Sir Charles Warren, military commander for British Bechuanaland, to van Niekerk, in which he endorsed Cecil Rhodes' settlement in Stellaland. Only later did Warren realize that his wording could be interpreted as an acknowledgment of Stellaland's legality, and he tried to deny the message's implications. In February 1884, Great Britain unilaterally declared the area a British protectorate. Stellaland's laws and constitution were practically identical to those of the South African Republic. It never issued an independent currency, but did print its own postage stamps beginning in February, 1884. Because van Niekerk's government had announced its intention to levy taxes on all trade going through its territory, Cecil Rhodes, founder of the De Beers diamond company, and the British administration, feared problems for their then mining business, because Stellaland lay on one of the main trade routes. It was also presumed that the small country could eventually be incorporated into the neighboring South African Republic, in an effort to circumvent the Pretoria Convention of 1881, which called for an end to Boer expansionism. Rhodes even asserted that the area was of such a crucial nature to the Crown that if the territory held by Stellaland remained under Afrikaner control, British presence "should fall from the position of a paramount state in South Africa to that of a minor state." These fears were fueled when, on September 10, 1884, President Paul Kruger of Transvaal declared the area to be under the protection of the South African Republic, and annexed it six days later. In December 1884, the British sent in a force under Sir Charles Warren, who invaded the country and abolished the republic in August of the following year, before it was incorporated into British Bechuanaland.
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