Pretorius Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus
Pre·to·ri·us(prĭ-tôr′ē-əs), Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus 1798-1853.
Afrikaner soldier and politician who led the defeat of the Zulus (1838) and negotiated the independence of the Transvaal (1852). His son Marthinus Wessels Pretorius (1819-1901) founded Pretoria (1855) and was president of the Transvaal (1857-1871) as well as the Orange Free State (1859-1863).
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