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South Africa (Officially the Union of South Africa) was an independent African state which existed from 1910 until 1961. Being one of the wealthiest territories on the continent, it eventually developed into a strong white-ruled nation. The Union came into existence on May 30th 1910, the result of merging the Cape, Natal and Transvaal colonies, as well as the Orange Free State.
Colonized in the 1600's, the country was settled first by the Dutch, calling themselves Boers or 'farmers'. Around 1900, the British Empire wrested the control of the land from them. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, a rivalry marked by unusually deep hatred drove a rift between the Boer (Afrikaner) settler minority and their fellow South Africans of English descent.
Afrikaner statesman Jan Christiaan Smuts was prime minister of the Union of South Africa, then considered a virtual dominion of the British Crown. In 1948, however, the more radically inclined Nationalist Party took control of the nation and began severing ties with Britian. They also implemented the white racial supremacist policy of 'apartheid' (Afrikaans for separation), which led to an anti-South African backlash in the British Commonwealth of Nations.
In 1961, the Union of South Africa was abolished and the increasingly isolationist nation declared itself a fully independent republic.
Adventures in South AfricaEdit
In 1930, Indiana Jones assisted British Intelligence in forging a fake artifact with cuneiform writing as bait to lure out the Sky Pirates and mysterious organization Enterprise Ventures International, Limited. The cube was placed within a shipment of diamonds aboard a train traveling through South Africa. Intended to reach Amsterdam, the train never even made it to Cape Town as it was attacked and the cargo stolen, not by EVIL, but by a group of Germans led by Colonel Hans Stumpf.
Aside from this, Indiana Jones had also encountered a number of South Africans on his many exploits:
Serving with the British army during World War I, Jan Christiaan Smuts was thwarted by the Phantom Train as he led an Allied expedition into German-ruled Tanzania. Jones and the 25th Frontiersman Battalion were tasked to find it.
In 1935, Jones encountered a team of Afrikaner Ivory Hunters in Ceylon, hired as mercenaries by Albrecht Von Beck to accompany him on his quest for the Mirror of Dreams. Most of them were killed by Jones when they attempted to prevent him from locating the Heart of Kouru Watu.
Three years later, in 1938, Jones had an unpleasant confrontation with another South African, this time a rogue archaeologist known as Theo Van Aaken. Van Aaken was known for pilfering artifacts from dig sites, something which made him an enemy in the eyes of his American counterpart. Eventually, his personal vendetta against Jones proved to be his undoing; Van Aaken was rewarded with nothing but a bullet by Indiana's enemies.
Notable South Africans Edit
- Raiders of the Lost Ark Game
- Indiana Jones and the Lands of Adventure
- Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates and Other Tales
- Indiana Jones Magic & Mysticism: The Dark Continent