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The desire to wander, known as trekgees, was a notable characteristic of the Boers.
It figured prominently in the late 17th century when the Trekboers began to inhabit the northern and eastern Cape frontiers, again during the Great Trek when the Voortrekkers left the eastern Cape en masse, as well as after the major republics were established during the Thirstland Trek.
When one such trekker was asked why he has emigrated he explained, " a drifting spirit was in our hearts, and we ourselves could not understand it.
We just sold our farms and set out north-westwards to find a new home.

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