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Christiaan Rudolf de Wet (7 October 1854 - 5 February 1922) was a Boer general and politician. October 7 is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years). ... 1854 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... February 5 is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1922 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Boer is the Afrikaans (and Dutch) word for farmer. ... General is a military rank, in most nations the highest rank, although some nations have the higher rank of Field Marshal. ... A politician is an individual involved in politics. ...

He was born at Leeuwkop, Smithfield district (Orange Free State), and later resided at Dewetsdorp. He served in the first Anglo-Boer War of 1880-81 as a field cornet, and from 1881 to 1896 he lived on his farm, becoming in 1897 member of the Volksraad. Flag of the Orange Free State The Orange Free State (Afrikaans: Oranje Vrystaat) was the historical precursor to the present day Free State province of the Republic of South Africa. ... The Volksraad was the parliament of the former South African Republic (or Transvaal Republic) which existed from 1857 to 1902 in part of what is now the Republic of South Africa. ...

He took part in the earlier battles of the Boer War of 1899 in Natal as a commandant and later, as a general, he went to serve under Cronje in the west. His first successful action was the surprise of Sanna's Post near Bloemfontein, which was followed by the victory of Reddersburg a little later. Thenceforward he came to be regarded more and more as the most formidable leader of the Boers in their guerrilla warfare. Sometimes severely handled by the British, sometimes escaping only by the narrowest margin of safety from the columns which attempted to surround him, and falling upon and annihilating isolated British posts, De Wet continued to the end of the war his successful career, striking heavily where he could do so and skilfully evading every attempt to bring him to bay. Boer guerrillas during the Second Boer War There were two Boer wars, one from December 16, 1880-March 23, 1881 and the second from October 11, 1899-May 31, 1902 both between the British and the settlers of Dutch, French and German origin (called Boers, Afrikaners or Voortrekkers) in South... Capital Pietermaritzburg Largest city Durban Area  - Total Ranked 7th 92,100 km² Premier Sbu Ndebele (ANC) Population   - 2001   - 1996   - Density Ranked 1st 9,426,019 8,417,021 102/km² (2001) Languages isiZulu (80. ... Bloemfontein (Afrikaans for fountain of flowers) is one of South Africas three capital cities, along with Pretoria and Cape Town. ... Guerrilla (also called a partisan) is a term borrowed from Spanish (from guerra meaning war) used to describe small combat groups. ...

He took an active part in the peace negotiations of 1902, and at the conclusion of the war he visited Europe with the other Boer generals. While in England the generals sought, unavailingly, a modification of the terms of peace concluded at Pretoria. De Wet wrote an account of his campaigns, an English version of which appeared in November 1902 under the title Three Years War. In November, 1907 he was, elected a member of the first parliament of the Orange River Colony and was appointed minister of agriculture. In 1908-9 he was a delegate to the Closer Union Convention. The central area of Pretoria. ... The Orange River Colony was a British colony created by the annexation of the Orange Free State in 1900, after the Boer War. ...

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