When Cetshwayo became king of the Zulus on 1 September 1873 he created, as was customary, a new capital for the nation. This place was named uLuNdi ('the high place'), usually called Ulundi by Europeans.
On 4 July 1879 the British army captured Ulundi and burnt it down. This was the final battle of the Anglo-Zulu War and the plain on which it was fought is still littered with cartridge cases, spent bullets, and other relics.
A memorial has been erected on the site.
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