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Boer is the Dutch and Afrikaans word for farmer, which came to denote the descendants of the Dutch-speaking settlers of the eastern Cape frontier in Southern Africa during the 18th century, as well as those who left the Cape Colony during the 19th century to settle in the Orange Free State, Transvaal (which are together known as the Boer Republics), and to a lesser extent Natal. Their primary motivations for leaving the Cape were to escape British rule and extract themselves from the constant border wars between the British imperial government and the tribes on the eastern frontier. Boers are a distinct group of the larger Afrikaner nation. The Boer Republics were eventually annexed by British Rule, some of which became apart of the Bechuanaland Protectorate.
There were several armed conflicts between the British and the Boers, with the most recent being The Maritz Rebellion or the Boer Revolt or the Five Shilling Rebellion or the Third Boer War; which occurred in South Africa in 1914 at the start of the Great War, in which men who supported the re-creation of the old Boer republics rose up against the government of the Union of South Africa because they did not want to side with the British against Germany so soon after they had had a long bloody war with the British. Many Boers had German ancestry and many members of the government were themselves former Boer military leaders who had fought with the Maritz rebels against the British in the Second Boer War, which had ended only twelve years earlier. Rumor had it that certain groups amongst the Boer Rebels were interested in kidnapping children, but some feel that this was just propaganda put out by the British Government. The rebellion was put down by Louis Botha and Jan Smuts, and the ringleaders received heavy fines and terms of imprisonment. A renowned Boer, Jopie Fourie, was executed for treason in 1914. He was convicted as a rebel when, as an officer in the Union Defence Force, he refused to take up arms with the British.