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Title:A tale of two port cities: the relationship between Durban and New Orleans during the Anglo-Boer War
Author:Wassermann, Johan
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Geographic terms:South Africa
United States
Subjects:foreign policy
Anglo-Boer wars
Abstract:The Anglo-Boer War between the two independent Boer Republics, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal or the South African Republic on the one side, and the British Empire on the other, lasted from 11 October 1899 to 31 May 1902. The war resulted in a hige increase in the volume of shipping between Durban (South Africa) and New Orleans (USA). This article examines the various relationships which existed between the two cities, as well as the impact of the war on each. Attention is paid to the purchasing by the British of horses and mules in the USA as well as the shipping of these animals and their handlers via New Orleans to Durban; the impact of the arrival of horses, mules and specifically muleteers in Durban; and the role and policy of the USA government in the relationship between the two cities, as well as the resistance in especially New Orleans against this policy. The paper concludes that the relationship favoured New Orleans, which benefitted economically. Durban gained little economic prosperity and had to deal with the arrival of unwanted characters. The major beneficiary was the British Empire. The mobility of the British army was enhanced, which in turn assisted the British in ultimately achieving victory. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [Journal abstract, edited]