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Title:The Subjection of a South African State: Thaba Nchu, 1880-1884
Author:Watson, R.L.
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic terms:Orange Free State
South Africa
Subjects:Thaba Nchu polity
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181189
Abstract:On 11 July 1884 the small African principality of Thaba Nchu was annexed by the Orange Free State. A nominally independent Thaba Nchu had existed entirely within Free State borders for more than a decade. The present paper analyses Thaba Nchu's relationship with the Orange Free State, and examines the reasons for the annexation, and why it was so long delayed. For some years before 1884 Thaba Nchu had existed in a situation not unlike that of a modern 'Bantustan'; this Was disrupted when a coup was staged against the ruler, Tshipinare, who had relied on Free State support. Fearing instability if the new ruler, Samuel Horoka, became firmly established, Free State forces invaded Thaba Nchu, captured Samule Moroka, and incorporated the land in the Free State. Map, notes, sum.