Griqualand East

Griqualand East

[gree-kwuh-land, grik-wuh-]
Griqualand East (also called East Griqualand) is a territory (20,000 sq. km) that now forms part of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, south of the Umzimvubu River, around Kokstad. It takes its name from a group of Griqua people settled there under the leadership of Adam Kok III.


In 1874 Griqualand East was annexed by the Cape Colony, and when the Union of South Africa was formed in 1910 it continued to be part of the Cape Province. In 1976, however, the Transkei Bantustan was given "independence", thus removing it from the Cape Province, and Griqualand East became an exclave, separated from the rest of the Cape Province. It was therefore made part of Natal Province a few years later, and so forms part of KwaZulu-Natal today.

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