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Ladysmith, the gateway to the Northern Drakensberg
February 12, 2014
Today Ladysmith is the main commercial centre for the large surrounding farming district and today its a buzzing hub. Ladymsith is also a gateway to the central and northern Drakensberg so has quite a bit of tourism traffic. Ladysmith does have a history thats worth reading about.Ladysmith was named after Sir Harry Smith’s Spanish wife. It was established in 1850 and served as a staging-post for fortune seekers on their way to the gold fields and the diamond diggings at Kimberley. Ladysmith became the centre of attention during the Anglo Boer War when it fell under siege from October 1899 to March 1900 by the Boers. The siege of Ladysmith placed the British in a precarious position and they sent out a force to reliev the town. About 12 000 British soldiers were faced with the defence of a besieged town, whilst the Boers saw this as a strategic move that could topple Great Britain. Eventually Ladysmit was relived by the British but the costs of the war had been high on both sides after a number of pre ladysmith battles the most famous and pointless being Spionkop.
So if you get to ladysmith its well worth taking some time to explore its history. There is a lovely little museum called the Ladysmith Museum that has some of the best Anglo Boer war exibits to be found any where in the world. The ladymith battle infos are best looked at with the help of a battlefield guide but if you would like to explore a Anglo Boer War battlefield on your own the Spionkop which lies quite near to Ladysmith has a very good self guided tour