This Day In History: 1838-12-16

1838: During what is now called South Africa’s Great Trek, the Battle of Blood River takes place. After a peace delegation of Whites is trapped, tortured, and murdered by Zulus, a group of 500 Voortrekkers led by Andries Pretorius and Sarel Cilliers decisively defeat an army of more than 10,000 Zulus with only three minor casualties and no deaths among the Whites.

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1838-12-16