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Zulu & Xhosa Kingdoms

1400 - 1650

Large tribes/kingdoms of native Africans are prominent throughout the South African region.

1652 - Dutch peoples colonize

1652

Dutch land and become the first Europeans to colonize and settle in SA

1833 - British arrive in SA

1833

British arrive and begin to impose English law

1837 - The Great Trek

1837

Dutch migrate North to avoid the British and their English governing, conflicts with Zulu and Xhosa kingdoms arise between Dutch and Zulu/Xhosa's, who also migrated North to avoid the Dutch when they first arrived.

1852 - British VS Dutch

1852

British prevail

1867 - Diamonds found in SA

1867

First diamond found in SA on the banks of the Orange River

1886 - Gold discovered in Johannesburg

1886

1893 - 'Non-white' areas defined by British

1893

1901 - Anglo-Boer war #2

1901

British and Dutch fight after they realize the value of gold and that they want to control it, Dutch surrender one year later

1910 - SA Independent from British rule

1910

1912 - African National Congress established

1912

1958 - Apartheid implemented as policy

1958

1960 - ANC prohibited

1960

1960 - State of Emergency declared due to violence

1960

1960 - International decisions made to place sanctions on SA

1960

1970 - Native Africans forced onto 'homelands'

1970

1990 - Mandela freed from prison and ANC bans lifted

1990

1991 - President Klerk rids SA of remaining Apartheid laws

1991

1991 - International sanctions on SA lifted

1991

1994 - Mandela becomes first democratically elected president of SA

1994

1996 - Truth & Reconciliation Commission established

1996

2005 - Political corruption apex's, 100,000 gold miners strike

2005

2009 - SA experiences a recession of the economy

2009

2010 - 1st World Cup hosted by an African country

2010

2010 - Nation wide strike by civil servants

2010

2012 - 12,000 workers fired by Plutonium mine for going on strike

2012

2014 - Nelson Mandela passes away at age 95

2014