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the language of these people, a bantu language related to zulu.

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  • note: adopted 1994; a combination of "n'kosi sikelel' iafrica" (god bless africa) and "die stem van suid afrika" (the call of south africa), which were respectively the anthems of the non-white and white communities under apartheid; official lyrics contain a mixture of xhosa, zulu, sesotho, afrikaans, and english (i.e., the five most widely spoken of south africa's 11 official languages); music incorporates the melody used in the tanzanian and zambian anthems cia.gov

  • by 1750 some farmers had migrated to the region between the gamtoos and great fish rivers, where they encountered the xhosa. at first the whites and blacks engaged in friendly trade, but in 1779 the first of a long series of xhosa wars (1789, 1799, 1812, 1819, 1834, 1846, 1850, 1877) broke out between them, primarily over land and cattle ownership. the whites sought to establish the great fish as the southern frontier of the xhosa. factmonster.com

  • by 1750 some farmers had migrated to the region between the gamtoos and great fish rivers, where they encountered the xhosa. at first the whites and blacks engaged in friendly trade, but in 1779 the first of a long series of xhosa wars (1789, 1799, 1812, 1819, 1834, 1846, 1850, 1877) broke out between them, primarily over land and cattle ownership. the whites sought to establish the great fish as the southern frontier of the xhosa. infoplease.com