Author(s): Anthony Trollope
Excerpt from South Africa, Vol. 2 of 2
The distance from Newcastle to Pretoria is 207 miles. About 20 miles north from Newcastle we crossed the borders of what used to be the Transvaal Republic, but which since the 12th August last, -1877, - forms a separate British Colony under the dominion of Her Majesty. The geographical configuration here is remarkable as at the point of contact between Natal and the Transvaal the boundary of the Orange Free State is not above two or three miles distant, and that of Zulu Land, which is at present but ill defined, not very far off -so that in the event of the Transvaal being joined to Natal the combined Colonies would hang together by a very narrow neck of land.
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