Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fort Schanskop

Very few visitors to the Voortrekker Monument outside Pretoria takes an extra couple of minutes to visit Fort Schanskop on the opposite hill. The fort was one of three erected around Pretoria in 1896 after the Jameson Raid and was designed by French military engineer Leon Grunberg. In 1895 the friction between the Cape Colony and the Transvaal (South African Republic) under Paul Kruger in the north worsened. An uprising was organised in the Transvaal to accompany a planned invasion by Dr Leander Starr Jameson. The Boers received warning of the attack and the invasion was a failure.

4 comments:

  1. Another history lesson about my country I never knew existed....thanks, and awesome photo's really looks like a place to visit.
    I was in pretoria this year, drove past but never got to see it close up.

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  2. Reminds me of some of the old forts here in the States. Nice photos!

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  3. Guess I missed that. Or Joan didn't want to go there.

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  4. Oh that TREE! Fantastic framing on the second. Great work...as always!

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