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Zulu WarriorsThe Battle for the South African Frontier$
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John Laband

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300180312

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300180312.001.0001

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‘I Am in a Corner’

‘I Am in a Corner’

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(p.109) Chapter 9 ‘I Am in a Corner’
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Zulu Warriors
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John Laband

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300180312.003.0009

This chapter discusses how the British crushed the Gcaleka amaXhosa in the Ninth Cape Frontier War of 1877–1878. The first clash between the Gcaleka and a colonial force took place on September 26, 1877 on Mount Wodehouse. The Gcaleka outnumbered the British troops and won the battle but were later defeated at Ibeka. On October 18, Griffith was ready to begin his advance through Gcalekaland to subdue the territory. The Gcaleka warriors retreated but Griffith's men were not able to intercept them. On November 9, Griffith declared that the war was over and called off the campaign.

Keywords:   Gcaleka amaXhosa, Ninth Cape Frontier, Mount Wodehouse, Griffith, Gcalekaland

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