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JOHANNESBURG HISTORY - SOUTH AFRICA HISTORY

Johannesburg HistoryIn 1060 the Bantu people, Iron Age people who farmed crops and worked metal came to the area.

In the 1880’s gold was discovered in the Pilgrims Rest area and this soon became quite a boost for the area. In the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century it became a Gold Rush. Many people decided to come from all over the world to take part in this lucrative time.

In 1899 to 1902 the South African War developed because so many people came to the area and the British and the Afrikaners took battle. The British did win control of the area.

In 1910 South Africa became a Union as declared by the British. The Blacks and Indians were forced to work on the gold mines and they were heavily taxed because of racial tensions.

In the 1950’s there became a “white’s only” policy of the Apartheid.

In 1976 1000 people were killed in a protest against the Apartheid system organized by the Soweto Student's Representative Council.

1990 the Apartheid was abandoned.

Since 1994 Johannesburg all races live together and there is no longer any discrimination.

Today the area is lucrative for tourism and many people come to the area to see the beautiful sights and to learn about the history. Johannesburg has the largest airport, the Johannesburg International Airport in all of South Africa. It is also the most travelled airport to. The cultural happenings are fantastic in this city and they keep adding more and you can see why 13 million people now call Johannesburg their home. They work, live and play in the area and would call no other place their home. It truly has come a long way from the days it was first inhabited and will continue to improve well into the future.

 

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