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1. Vryburg

Clock tower, Vryburg Municipality

The Texas of South Africa The agricultural town of Vryburg is situated on the N14 between Kuruman and Delareyville in the North-West province of South Africa. Vryburg is renowned for it's cattle ranching, often gets referred to as the "Texas of South Africa" and has a long and rich history dating back to 1882. History In the wars between the Tlapin tribe and the Korana Hottentots, a large number of European adventurers served as mercenaries with the two sides. At the end of the fighting, in July 1882, 416 of the mercenaries who had fought for the Hottentots received payment in the form of farms. These mercenaries then proclaimed their block of ranch land a republic and named it…