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 (trăns-väl′, trănz-)
A region of northeast South Africa. Inhabited by Bantu peoples, the area was settled by Boer farmers who formed an independent state, called the South African Republic, in the 1850s. Great Britain annexed the territory in 1877, and the discovery of gold in 1886 led to an influx of settlers, further tensions between the British and the Boers, and the eventual formation of the Transvaal as a crown colony (1902) after the Boer War. Transvaal became a part of South Africa in 1910.


(Placename) former province of NE South Africa: colonized by the Boers after the Great Trek (1836); became a British colony in 1902; joined South Africa in 1910; replaced in 1994 for administrative purposes by a new system of provinces (Eastern Transvaal (later Mpumalanga), Northern Transvaal (later Limpopo), Gauteng, and North West province). Capital: Pretoria


(trænsˈvɑl, trænz-)

a province in the NE Republic of South Africa. 11,885,000; 110,450 sq. mi. (286,066 sq. km). Cap.: Pretoria.
Trans•vaal′er, n.
Trans•vaal′i•an, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Transvaal - a province of northeastern South Africa originally inhabited by Africans who spoke BantuTransvaal - a province of northeastern South Africa originally inhabited by Africans who spoke Bantu; colonized by the Boers
Republic of South Africa, South Africa - a republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers)
Witwatersrand, Reef, Rand - a rocky region in the southern Transvaal in northeastern South Africa; contains rich gold deposits and coal and manganese


[ˈtrænzvɑːl] NTransvaal m
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The only way he knew to make money was on the Stock Exchange, and he was very anxious to repeat the lucky experiment of the summer; but war had broken out with the Transvaal and nothing was doing in South Africans.
Quatermain," said Sir Henry Curtis, when the man had brought the whisky and lit the lamp, "the year before last about this time, you were, I believe, at a place called Bamangwato, to the north of the Transvaal.
The Eersterling mine is located in the Pietersburg greenstone formation in the northern Transvaal on the site of the first gold discovery in Southern Africa.
He coached at club level in Johannesburg and was forwards coach with Transvaal under-21s before returning to Britain where he joined Nuneaton after a spell with Daventry.
The city of Emden has been included in the federal state promotion program "Soziale Stadt" with the "Port Arthur / Transvaal - Sdliche Ringstrae 2016 - 2025".
New labor legislation, political uncertainty, internal dissent in the Transvaal and economic factors also contributed to the dissatisfaction.
Goud bring verandering: "In Johannesburg werd in razende vaart een nieuw Transvaal uit de grond gestampt.
Only a small contingent of Transvaal Boers took part in the expedition.
In the Transvaal, vivax and falciparum malaria were equally prevalent in the period under review, with P.
The locomotive was built in 1896 for the Cape Government Railway, and operated initially throughout the Transvaal, Cape Colony and the colony of Natal in South-Eastern Africa.
Why was the South African province of Transvaal so named?
1960: The Sharpeville Massacre took place in the Transvaal, South Africa, when police fired on a demonstration against Pass Laws, killing 69 people.

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