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Homelands

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After South Africa became a Union, the government wanted Black and White people to live separately, so they set certain areas apart for Black people. After South Africa became a Union, the government wanted Black and White people to live separately, so they set certain areas apart for Black people. Later, under apartheid the division and control were more rigorous and these areas were called homelands. The idea was that the homelands would be like countries where the Black people could live and vote for their own governments, led by chiefs controlled by the apartheid state.

For more information visit South African History Online.