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The Battle of Blood River


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The Battle of Blood River took place on the bank of the Ncome River on December 16, 1838 where Pretorius and 450 armed men and 200 servants set up a fortified camp. The Voortrekkers successfully fended off roughly 12,000 Zulus with their guns and canons. The Zulus suffered an estimated 3,000 casualties, but it is reported that only three of the Voortrekkers were wounded. In remembrance of this historic battle, December 16 has long been a South African national holiday, called The Day of the Vow, because the Voortrekkers took a vow before the battle to erect a church in return for God's help in obtaining victory. After 1994, the holiday was renamed the Day of Reconciliation.

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