what was to blame for the second boer war.

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  • Who was to blame for the 2nd Boer War.
    • Imperialism.
      • Many wanted to expand British empire.
      • Uitlanders wanted imperial rule from British not Boer control.
      • British buisiness men such as Cecil Rhodes wanted British expansion.
    • capitalism.
      • Many immigrant workers moved to the Transvall to mine for gold.
    • British self interest.
      • Large gold deposits were found in the boer state of Transvall.
      • The Cape Colony and South Africa were stratigically important to the British.
    • Tension.
      • Seen as a opportunity by some to civilise Transvaal if Britain took over.
      • British immigrant workers were treated as secong class citizens.
      • Feared that Transvaal becoming independant would encourage others withing the British Empire to seek independance.
      • Milner (British high commissioner for Cape Colony) hoped relations with Boers would go badly so action could be taken.
  • British self interest.
    • Large gold deposits were found in the boer state of Transvall.
    • The Cape Colony and South Africa were stratigically important to the British.

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