“Take a community of Dutchmen of those who defended themselves for fifty years against all the power of Spain at a time when Spain was the greatest power in the world. Intermix with them a strain of those inflexible French Huguenots who gave up home and fortune and left their country for ever at the time of revocation of the Edict of Nantes. The product must obviously be one of the most rugged, virile, unconquerable races ever seen upon earth. Take this formidable people and train them for seven generations in constant warfare under which no weakling could survive, place them so that they acquire exceptional skill with weapons and horsemanship, give them a country which is eminently suited to the tactics of the huntsman, the marksman, and the rider. Then, finally put a finer temper upon their military qualities by a dour fatalistic Old Testament religion and an ardent and consuming patriotism. Combine all these qualities and all these impulses in one individual and you have the
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1902. The Great Boer War. Kaapstad: Struik
Die BoerVolk geskiedenis. Uitbreiding oor die verskil tussen Boer en Afrikaner.