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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.
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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


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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."
1960: The Sharpeville massacre took place in the Transvaal, South Africa, when police fired on a demonstration against Pass Laws, killing 69 people.
1899: The Boer War began between the British Empire and the Republics of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal.
During the late nineteenth century a number of organized treks left the Transvaal.
With the defeat of the Zulus, the Transvaal Boers under Piet Joubert and Paul Kruger revolted against the British.
Laidler and Gelfand, [4] in their book on the medical history of SA, make brief reference to malaria being 'a most serious ailment in the Transvaal Republic' and in the 1830s immigrants to Natal 'suffered great losses from malaria and other fever'.
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.
They were pulled into war by the discovery of gold in the Transvaal in 1886.
MEC Mohono informed Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Zukiswa Mbombo and her top brass during the Peace Justice Crime Prevention Safety Cluster briefing that the name Wespol (Western Transvaal Police) is no longer relevant as the Transvaal ceased to exist 17 years ago.
1910: The colonies of the Cape of Good Hope, Natal, the Transvaal and the Orange River Colony united to form the Union of South Africa.
During the same time, the Transvaal Law Society unsuccessfully petitioned the Supreme Court to remove Mandela from the roll of attorneys because of his earlier conviction.