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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
a province in the NE Republic of South Africa. 11,885,000; 110,450 sq. mi. (286,066 sq. km). Cap.: Pretoria.
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|Noun||1.||Transvaal - 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)