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Sand River Convention

Sand River Convention (1852)
As depicted in the Voortrekker Monument
Type Delimitation of territory and rights
Signed 17 January 1852
Location Bank of the Sand River, South Africa
Effective 17 January 1852
Signatories Andries Pretorius for the Boers and William Hogge and Mostyn Owen for Great Britain
Language English

The Sand River Convention was a convention whereby Great Britain formally recognised the independence of the South African Republic.

The treaty contained the following provisions:

The convention was signed on 17 January 1852 by Commandant-General Andries Pretorius and others, on behalf of the new country, and Major William Hogge and Mostyn Owen, clerk to the Civil Commissioner of Winburg, duly authorised to, and on behalf of, the British government. The treaty was signed on the farm called Sand River belonging to P.A. Venter, near Ventersburg.

The ZAR claimed that the British contravened the treaty in 1853, with an English citizen, the missionary Livingstone supplying, storing and causing repairs to materials of war to the native tribes. Commandant Scholtz and his men confiscated a large amount of rifles, ammunition and equipment from the home of Livingstone. The British in turn claimed that the Boers were keeping slaves, in reference to the legal practise of "ingeboekt" placement by native orphans in Boer homes, under supervision of the legal system, only until they became of age (16 years old). The Boers responded that the acts of a few criminals and criminal gangs cannot be claimed to be that of an entire nation.

One of the causes of the First Boer War was the direct breach by the British of this convention on 12 April 1877. Britain issued a proclamation called: "ANNEXATION OF THE S.A. REPUBLIC TO THE BRITISH EMPIRE" and proceeded to occupy Pretoria. Although the British did not attempt to dismantle the country, and self-rule was decreed in the proclamation, the annexation was not accepted by the ZAR and a delegation was sent to Europe and the USA to protest this action.

Coordinates: 28°13′55″S 27°05′21″E / 28.23194°S 27.08917°E / -28.23194; 27.08917


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