Definition of Voortrekker in English:

Voortrekker

Line breaks: Voor|trek¦ker
Pronunciation: /ˈfʊəˌtrɛkə
 
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noun

South African
  • 1 historical A member of one of the groups of Dutch-speaking people who migrated by wagon from the Cape Colony into the interior from 1836 onwards, in order to live beyond the borders of British rule.
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    • On the 15th December 1838, 500 Voortrekkers formed their 64 wagons into a laager close to the bank of the Ncone River.
    • The Voortrekkers had headed north away from the Cape Colony to escape British control.
    • The South Hall houses animal-drawn vehicles, including Voortrekker wagons and some ox-wagons.
  • 2A member of an Afrikaner youth movement similar to the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides.

Origin

Afrikaans, from Dutch voor 'fore' + trekken 'to travel'.

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