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Last week, I told you about our short visit to Fugitive’s Drift Lodge in Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. You can read this post, which provides a background to this lodge and the historical battlefields and area it serves, here: https://robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com/2021/01/07/thursdaydoors-fugitives-drift-lodge-part-1-the-guest-house/.
This week, I am sharing some pictures of the library and the lodge. Next week, I am going to share pictures about the battlefields and museums of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. In preparation for these posts, today I am going to provide a short overview of the reasons for the Anglo-Zulu War and a brief overview of the timeline of the events.
The Anglo-Zulu war saw 15 000 British troops invade the independent nation of Zululand in 1879. Highlight battles were Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, and the final battle at Ulundi [the capital city of Zululand].
In 1877, Sir Henry Frere, a British colonial administrator, was sent to Cape Town with the task of uniting South Africa under a single British confederation. Frere soon realised that he could not accomplish this goal until the powerful Zulu kingdom on the borders of Natal and the Transvaal had been defeated.
In December 1878, an ultimatum was sent to the Zulu King Cetshwayo, telling him to disband his army or the British would do it for him. A British army under Lord Chelmsford prepared for invasion when the ultimatum expired.
This ultimatum expired on 11 January 1879 and on that date Chelmsford’s central column headed towards the camp of a Zulu chief called Sihayo. This camp was destroyed by the British on 12 January 1879.
On 22 January 1879, the right column of the British force engaged 6,000 Zulu troops near the Inyzane River. On this same day, a Zulu force of 25,000 men attacked the central column who were camping at Isandlwana and annihilated it.
On the evening of that same day, 4,000 Zulu soldiers attacked the British outpost at Rorke’s Drift which was defended successfully by 100 active soldiers and 39 men who were recovering from illnesses in the hospital.
The Anglo-Zulu war ended on 4 June 1879 when Lord Chelmsford’s army defeated the main Zulu force of 15,000 men at the Battle of Ulundi.
If you are interested in finding out more about Fugitive’s Drift Lodge you can do so here: https://www.fugitivesdrift.com/
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