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In the northern corner of KwaZulu-Natal Province and on the road between Newcastle and Volksrust is Majuba Hill, the site of a significant battle that took place between British troops and Boer soldiers. The date was 1881 and the battle happened during the 1st South African War which was being fought for suzerainty. British troops under the leadership of General Colley had climbed to the summit of Majuba with the intention of engaging with Boer troops from an advantage of height. The 2km climb had exhausted the British troops and while they lay resting, Boer soldiers made their way up the sides to spring a surprise attack. The result was defeat for the British who suffered significant casualties. Following this battle, the British signed a peace treaty to end the war and agreed to allow the Boers self-rule of the Transvaal Republic. Interestingly, many of the Boer soldiers were teenagers who had learnt to handle rifles... Show more