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Encyclopedia > Transvaal Republic

The South African Republic (Dutch: Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek), often informally known as the Transvaal Republic, not to be confused with the Republic of South Africa, occupied the area later known as the province of Transvaal, first from 1857 to 1877, and again, after a successful Afrikaner rebellion against British rule, from 1881 until its annexation by the United Kingdom in 1900 during the Boer War. The first president of the South African Republic was Marthinus Wessel Pretorius. He was first elected in 1857.

The capital was established at Pretoria (founded 1855), though for a brief period Nelspruit served as the seat of government. The parliament, the Volksraad, had 24 members.

Presidents of the South African Republic

The presidents of the South African Republic were:

See also

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Transvaal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (380 words)
The Transvaal was colonized by Boer settlers who exited the British-dominated Cape Colony in the 1830's and 1840's in the Great Trek.
In the 1850's, the British came to an understanding with the Boer republics, granting independence to the South African Republic (ZAR) in what is now the Transvaal.
In 1961, the union ceased to be part of the British Commonwealth and became the Republic of South Africa.
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