Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Best of the ICFW Archives: The Battle of Blood River

By Shirley Corder

For over a century, 16th December has been celebrated as a public holiday in South Africa.

Following my last blog post http://internationalchristianfictionwriters.blogspot.com/2009/11/out-of-africa.html, Amy De Trempe said she writes historical romance and added, “I wonder what I can find in the history that I can use in a novel. Time to look up what was happening there in the late 1700s or early 1800s . . .”

Well Amy, I hope you’re reading this post.

That period is rich in exciting times as intrepid explorers made inroads into the wilds of Africa. One of the most dramatic and exciting events is surely the Battle of Blood River.
On 16th December, 1838, the Boer leader, Andries Pretorius, led his people, known as the Voortrekkers (pioneers), to make a vow to God. If He protected them against the attacking Zulus, the country would always commemorate that day as a Sabbath. They would also build a church to honour God’s name.

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