An English settler is one of several groups of people that emigrated from England to live in South Africa. The British occupied the Cape in 1795 as a strategic base against the French, controlling the sea route to the east. In 1820, several thousand British settlers, who were swept up by a scheme to relieve Britain of its unemployed, were placed in the eastern Cape frontier zone as a buffer against the Xhosa chiefdoms. By the mid-1800s, British settlers were to be found in Natal. After the Anglo-Boer War many of the men from Britain who had fought in the war settled in various parts of South Africa.
Buildings on this website in English Settler style