The Boer War, also known as the South African War, was a war that took place in South Africa and happened between the British and the Boers. The British controlled parts of Africa already and wanted to expand southwards. The Boers, early Dutch settlers, opposed the British. They thought the British were going to steal their land. The British were promising they wouldn't though. Since the British had gone to war, Canada was supposed to help support them. Most English speaking Canadians were completely okay with helping out the British, but the French Canadians thought that Canada shouldn't help and send troops. They thought the war had nothing to do with Canada and was too far away for Canada to be bothered.