MIDDELBURG , a
See also:town of the
See also:Transvaal, 98 M . E. by
See also:rail of
See also:Pretoria, and 251 M . W. of Louren90 Marques . Pop . (1904), 5o85—of whom 2343 were whites . It is prettily situated op the high veld, 5090 ft. above the
See also:sea, on one of the
See also:head streams of the Olif ants
See also:River . Middelburg is the chief town of an administrative division of the same name, and is a trading centre for a large
See also:district . It is also the centre of one of the richest
See also:fields in South Africa . From some of the adjacent collieries excellent steam coal is obtained . Copper and
See also:cobalt are found in the neighbourhood . Middelburg was chosen in 1901 as the place of
See also:conference for peace negotiations between the
See also:British and the Boers . After the occupation of Pretoria in
See also:June 1900 by
See also:Lord Roberts the
See also:Boer forces had been reduced to guerilla warfare, and Lord Kitchener, learning that the Transvaal commandants were despondent, invited General
See also:Botha to enter into negotiations, on the basis of the recognition of British
See also:sovereignty .
The conference between Lord Kitchener and General Botha was opened on the 28th of
See also:February and the negotiations, which ended in failure, were protracted until the 16th of
See also:March (see TRANSVAAL:
See also:History, § The War of 1899-1902) . Middelburg is also the name of a town in the Cape Province, South Africa, 250 M . N. by W. of
See also:Elizabeth . Pop . (19o4), 6137 .
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