Boer legacies in southern Angola (2): the “Boer-style wagons”

“Carro bóer” (Boer cart), circa 1922. Source: Biblioteca Nacional (Portugal)

A recurrent reference regarding the Boer presence in the province of Huíla refers to the introduction of ox carts or wagons as the preferred means of transport in the region – the famous “Boer-style wagons”. In this post we share some of these historical references.

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Boer legacies in Southern Angola (1)

Old Boer cemetery in Humpata (Huíla). Photo © Ruy Llera Blanes, November 2020.

This old cemetery is located in the area of Roival in Humpata, a few kilometers southwest of the city of Lubango (Huíla). Most of the funerary plaques have disappeared, and, despite its high historical archaeological value, the cemetery is in a state of neglect. It is a cemetery belonging to the Boers, former settlers of South African origin, descendants of the first Dutch settlers in South Africa who undertook an exodus to the north (known as the Trek), looking for land to set up their farms. They arrived in Humpata in 1881, where they remained until the 1930-40s – when there was a new generalized exodus from the community towards other regions.

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