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Postby shipstamps » Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:12 pm

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The Republic of South Africa has unveiled at Grahamstown, the cathedral city and educational centre of the Eastern Province, a monument to the British Settlers of 1820 who played a major part in the development of the Eastern Province. The object of sending settlers from Britain was to help relieve distress which had resulted from depression at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Among the settlers, who numbered about 5,000, were half-pay officers and others who came in charge of parties. Thomas Pringle, the poet, was one of these.
First of 26 ships to arrive in Algoa Bay (Port Elizabeth) on April 10, 1820 was the Chapman, which is depicted on two commemorative postage stamps to mark the occasion of the unveiling of the monument. Owing to the failure of crops there was much privation among them in the first years and many gravitated to the towns but, in the long run, they achieved success.
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