19 Facts About Afrikaners


Afrikaners are a South African ethnic group descended from predominantly Dutch settlers first arriving at the Cape of Good Hope in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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South Africa's white population in 1691 has been described as the Afrikaner "parent stock", as no significant effort was made to secure more colonist families after the dawn of the 18th century, and a majority of Afrikaners are descended from progenitors who arrived prior to 1700 in general and the late 1600s in particular.

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The census noted that Afrikaners represented the eighth largest ethnic group in the country, or 6.

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The census noted that Afrikaners represented the eighth largest ethnic group in the country, or 5.

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Afrikaners discovered a small inlet which he named, after the cattle trade, and another ('Fish Bay') after the abundance of fish.

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Afrikaners increased the Cape garrison by about 300 troops and replaced the original earthen fortifications of the Castle of Good Hope with new ones of stone.

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Afrikaners had suffered immense losses to its trade profits as a result of the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War and was heavily in debt with European creditors.

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Significant number of Afrikaners went as to Angola, where a large group settled on the Huila Plateau, in Humpata, and smaller communities on the Central Highlands.

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Scholars have traditionally considered Afrikaners to be a homogeneous population of Dutch ancestry, subject to a significant founder effect.

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Afrikaners are descended, to varying degrees, from Dutch, German and French Huguenot immigrants, along with minor percentages of other Europeans and indigenous African peoples.

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Afrikaners then divided the period between 1657 and 1867 into six thirty-year blocs, and working under the assumption that earlier colonists contributed more to the gene pool, multiplied each child's bloodline by 32, 16, 8, 4, 2 and 1 according to respective period.

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Theal argued that most studies suggesting a higher percentage of German ancestry among Afrikaners wrongly counted as "German" all those who came from German-speaking Swiss cantons and ignored the VOC's policy of recruiting settlers among the Dutch diaspora living in the border regions of several German states.

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In contrast, a handful of Afrikaners have joined the ruling African National Congress party, which is overwhelmingly supported by South Africa's Black majority.

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In 2006 some 350, 000 Afrikaners were classified as poor, with some research claiming that up to 150, 000 were struggling to survive.

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Afrikaners are mostly found in Windhoek and in the Southern provinces; they have a population of around 100, 000 in Namibia.

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Significant number of Afrikaners have migrated to Commonwealth nations such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Afrikaners has translated some works from Afrikaans and Dutch into English, but writes only in English.

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Afrikaners's is known as African Lieder interpreter by Stephanus Le Roux Marais.

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Afrikaners eat most types of meat such as mutton, beef, chicken, pork and various game species, but the meat of draft animals such as horses and donkeys is rarely eaten and is not part of traditional cuisine.

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