Lead:  The challenge to their way of life becoming unbearable, South Africans of Dutch ancestry in the 1830s moved away from the Cape Colony in the Great Trek.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: When the British took control of the Cape of Good Hope in the early 1800s, they instituted changes increasingly considered unacceptable by settlers on the fringes of the colony of mostly Dutch ancestry who called themselves Afrikaners. Disputes over the treatment of native black and mixed race Africans many of whom the Afrikaners held in slavery, the new charges for land which theretofore had been free, and the inability or unwillingness of the British to provide the Dutch security from attack by natives from across the colony's frontier, intensified the Afrikaner desire to get away from the colony and live on their own.

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