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Natalia (South Africa)

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[Natalia (South Africa)] image by António Martins, 09 Mar 1999

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Natalia was the "Voortrekker" state in Natal which was established after the Voortrekkers arrived there in 1838 and deposed the Zulu king Dingane in 1840. The state was occupied by the British and annexed in 1843. Their flag was horizontally red over blue, divided by a white triangle from hoist (base) to fly (apex) and was used between 1839-1843 [car61, p.82].
Roy Stilling, 08 Oct 1996

The description you have is incorrect (as is the description by Cresham Carr). The apex of the triangle is actually at the hoist.  The image needs to be inverted 90 degrees as at the moment it is as if the hoist is on the right hand side instead of the left.
Bruce Berry, 02 Mar 1999

Klip River Republic

I notice that you have a link from a reference to "Klip River Republic" under this heading to the Klipdrift Republic, one of the two diggers' states.
Firstly, the Klip River Republic was in the north of the Colony of Natal (as it was before the incorporation of Zululand). It was more or less a remnant of the Republiek van Natalia and was eliminated by the firm establishment of British authority in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, and extending from there to the colony's borders between the Thukela, Buffalo and Mzimkhulu rivers and the Drakensberg mountain range. The burghers either became British subjects or trekked away elsewhere.
(This Klip River is a short tributary to the Thukela, lying upriver from Ladysmith. There are other rivers elsewhere in South Africa with the same name).
Mike Oettle, 14 Jul 2002