When the Boer War is Over Britain's Vision of the Future



When the Boer War is Over

A racist cartoon from 1900 depicts Britain's vision of the future for South Africa and the Boer republics. The depiction of the local Africans is particularly offensive. It is significant that the two subject peoples, Boer and African, are depicted in different poses: the wounded Boer may be a bit humbled by the British victory and the coming of "Enlightened Government" but he retains some of his self respect. The African man, on the other hand, is depicted as kneeling and thus subordinate not only to the conquereing British but even to the conquered Boers.