Andries PRETORIUS

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African politician

South AfricanBorn Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus PRETORIUS

Leader of the Boers who was instrumental in the creation of the South African Republic

Born on November 27, 1798 in Graaff-Reinet, Cape Colony, South African Republic

Died on July 23, 1853 in Magaliesberg, South African Republic

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Pretorius received his education at home and although a school education wasn't a priority on the eastern frontier of the Cape Colony, he was schooled enough to read the Bible and put his thoughts down on paper. Andries Pretorius had five children, the oldest, Marthinus Wessel Pretorius, later became the first President of the South African Republic.



Pretorius descended from the line of the earliest Dutch settlers in the Cape Colony. He belonged to the fifth generation of the progenitor, Johannes Pretorius son of Reverend Wessel Schulte of the Netherlands. Schulte in his time as a theology student at the University of Leiden changed his name to the Latin form and therefore became Wesselius Praetorius (later Pretorius).

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