Batavian Republic


The Batavian Republic (Dutch: Bataafse Republiek) was the successor of the Republic of the United Netherlands. It was proclaimed on January 19, 1795, and ended on June 5, 1806, with the accession of Louis Bonaparte to the throne of the Kingdom of Holland. Its founding and brief duration had a significant and lasting effect in southern Africa where it formed the interregnum authority between two periods of British rule, especially in the separating of the functions of state and church, and with it, promoting the importance of the secular institutions in civil affairs, particularly the registration of births and deaths. Hence the role of the Drostdy gained importance.