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(Placename) a former region of S central South Africa: inhabited chiefly by people then known as the Kaffirs; British Kaffraria was a crown colony established in 1853 in the southwest of the region and annexed to Cape Colony in 1865
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(kəˈfrɛər i ə)

a region in the S Republic of South Africa that is inhabited mostly by the Xhosa.
Kaf•frar′i•an, adj., n.
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1865 The independent British colony of Kaffraria is incorporated with Cape Colony in South Africa.
Regarding the Xhosa tribes under British protection, he wrote: 'let them alone, we have seized British Kaffraria for no other purpose than to provide a frontier for the Colony' (Smith, Letter to Godlonton 10 Jan 1852 in Godlonton Corresp.).
One century before, Xhosa people had confronted an invading 'monster' called 'British Kaffraria', militarized white power, 'which swallowed them up, tore them from their children' and, in the words of Jeff Peires, compelled them 'to make a final stand' (Peires 1981: 169).
The Ciskei was already part of British Kaffraria, with King William's Town as the capital city.
certain institutions connected with the African marriage system, and in particular the practice of 'bride-price.' One result of this misunderstanding was seen in official declarations of policy, such as the demand by Sir Harry Smith in 1848 that the Natives of Kaffraria should 'abolish the sin of buying of wives ....