Olive Schreiner: Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland

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  • Carolyn Burdett (Birkbeck, University of London)

Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland is a response to a particular moment in the history of colonial and imperial expansion in South Africa. By the 1890s, Cecil Rhodes, then Prime Minister of the colonial parliament of the Cape, was furthering his expansionist ambitions via a violent seizing of Mashonaland and Matabeleland, lands where he hoped to find gold and on which he would eventually impose the name Rhodesia. Rhodes’ colonial pursuits were sanctioned by the imperial government of Britain through the grant of a royal charter to his British South Africa Company, whose actions brought about one of the most significant African resistance movements of the period. Known as the chimurengas, and still commemorated today, i…

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Burdett, Carolyn. "Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 December 2004
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=9329, accessed 28 September 2016.]

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