Alim Siemanym (alimsiemanym) wrote in little_details,
Alim Siemanym

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Boer language, 1880

Would a Boer during the First Boer War (1880) speak Afrikaans or Dutch? I've looked at the Wikipedia pages for Boers, the First Boer War, Afrikaner, Afrikaans, and so forth. And done googling for Boer language 1880 and variations thereof. Some sites are telling me that my Boer farmer would speak Dutch, others tell me that they'd be speaking Afrikaans, and one lone site is telling me he'd be speaking a primitive form of Afrikaans that was probably a lot closer to Dutch than Afrikaans.

The character is an adult male farmer, a Boer, born and raised in South Africa.
Tags: 1880-1889, south africa: history, ~languages: dutch

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