The British want a unified state under the british rule in Africa. Sent official Bartel Frere, and he realized that the goal would not be possible if the Zulu state still existed in southern africa. He made an excuse to go to war. Cetshwayo and the people refused thier demands and they went to war. Zulu of 40,000-60,000 warriors.
The Zulus have insulted the British. Tear down your army and pay us within 30 days and we will forgive and forget.
we will not!
January 1879 when the British had a force of 5,000 compared to a 40,000-60,000 for the Zulus. Attacked in northwest Africa were the Zulu used a military strategy called the horn of the buffalo, izimpondo zankomo,. Bartel Frere also moved to a different location because they were trying to protect many places with only a few amount of people. In the end, the Zulu tribe won the battle killing 1,350 defenders out of 1,750 British soldiers.
When the people from the mainland heard of the major defeat, the population was bewildered at how the "savages" were able to win. February 11, 1879. August 1879 was when the British defeated the Zulu tribe and achieved a single confederation of south Africa. This helped because they now had control of the diamond mines, rich agriculture, and the defeated Zulu tribe to work for them.