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The Red Ox Monument

The Red Ox Monument
From 1835 onwards, 12 000 Dutch-speaking colonists started moving from the coast of South Africa to the interior. This migration became known as The Great Trek. Most families who took part in this migration had two or three wagons which moved alongside each other, and each of them was usually pulled by a span of 16 oxen. The Wagons were heavily laden with all their household effects and tools and had to travel over mountains and cross rivers. Many of the oxen lost their lives during this migration which lasted for over 3 years. In 1938 The Red Ox Monument was erected in the Riebeek Kasteel village square, in the Western Cape of South Africa to honour all the brave oxen during the Great Trek.

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