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 Louis Botha

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Louis Botha

  • Birth 27 Sep 1862 Greytown, uMzinyathi District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Death 27 Aug 1919 Pretoria, City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Burial Pretoria, City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Memorial ID 48002625

South African Statesman, Military Leader

A Boer (Afrikaner), he participated in the founding (1884) of the New Republic, which joined (1888) the Transvaal. Although Botha had little previous military experience, he brilliantly commanded Boer troops in the South African War. He besieged the British at Ladysmith and defeated their forces at Colenso. In 1900 he succeeded General Joubert as commander of the Transvaal army and led its remnants in guerrilla fighting. After the war (1902) he favored cooperation with the British. Botha was (1907-10) premier of the Transvaal. As the leader of the United South African, or Unionist, party he was prime minister of the Union of South Africa from its organization (1910) until his death, and he was ably assisted by Jan Christiaan Smuts . In World War I, Botha declared South Africa a belligerent on the side of the Allies. He suppressed a Boer revolt and in 1915 led the forces that conquered the German colony of South West Africa.


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  • Created by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye
  • Added: 11 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 48002625
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Louis Botha (27 Sep 1862–27 Aug 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 48002625, citing Church Street Cemetery of Pretoria, Pretoria, City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa ; Maintained by Mr. Badger Hawkeye (contributor 46542485) .