One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1historical A member of one of the groups of Dutch-speaking people who migrated by wagon from the Cape Colony into the interior from 1836 onwards, in order to live beyond the borders of British rule.
- ‘The Voortrekkers had headed north away from the Cape Colony to escape British control.’
- ‘The South Hall houses animal-drawn vehicles, including Voortrekker wagons and some ox-wagons.’
- ‘The Voortrekkers helped to give South Africa its distinctive character.’
- ‘On the 15th December 1838, 500 Voortrekkers formed their 64 wagons into a laager close to the bank of the Ncone River.’
- ‘A tapestry borrowed from the Voortrekker monument provides a woman's perspective of the daily deprivations and sufferings of the pioneer journey to the north.’
2A member of an Afrikaner youth movement similar to the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides.
Afrikaans, from Dutch voor ‘fore’ + trekken ‘to travel’.
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