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Diamonds discovered South Africa 1869

Diamonds were discovered in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa in 1869.

Tens of thousands of prospectors moved in to try their hand at prospecting and arguments broke out between the British, the Boers and the native people, with the result that, Britain annexed the territory.

It is possible to search records for people re-entering the UK from South African ports after 1869. They may have been trying their luck at diamond prospecting.