Sheep, wool, muitton and karakul skins are the chief products of the Karoo and Britstown is one of the principal centres of these industries.
It was a staging post on the Diamond Way - the trunk road between Three Sisters and Johannesburg through Kimberley - at a junction where this road crosses the major route to Namibia.
The town was named after Hans Brits, who owned the farm on which it was laid out in 1777.
Created: Tuesday, March 3, 2009; Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015
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