Controlling the Frontier
Southern Africa 1806–1828, The Cape Frontier Wars and The Fetcani AlarmSeries:
Imprint: Helion and Company
134 Pages, 7 x 9.75 in, 42 b/w illustrations, 4 b/w photos, 3 maps
- June 2023
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Those events leading up to the Battle of Grahamstown in April 1819 – notably the inter-Xhosa Battle of Amalinde in October 1818 – are then carefully delineated from contemporary sources, before the entire Fifth Cape Frontier War is considered, noting its significance not only at the time, but also in subsequent South African historiography.
The volume then goes on to examine the development and deployment of colonial forces beyond the frontier in the aftermath of the war. This was primarily in response to the so-called ‘Fetcani alarm’, which was essentially how the Cape Colony experienced the Zulu-generated Mfecane. It culminated in a British campaign on the Umtata and the highly contentious and much misunderstood Battle of Mbolompo in August 1828, involving the 55th Foot, Cape Mounted Riflemen and Royal Artillery, among other units.