Governor-General Sir Robert Thesiger of South Africa (robou)

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Robert is known for his Jingoistic policies and is a force to be reckoned with. You can keep out of his way, stand behind him but you never get in his way. He is a soldier by birth and by nature. If anyone mentions politics he imdietely falls off the subject. War is his only interest.

Sir Robert was born in India to a Noble Scottish family on 7th February 1799. His father was General Sir William Thesiger, commander of the British forces at the town of Agra, northern India. Robert grew up during the hight of the Napoleonic wars, and from an early age was fighting against the French and Indians during the war.

At the age of 16 he was shipped to Europe and fought during the Waterloo campaign as a Liason officer with the Dutch-Belgian army. He soon showed a cool head in the face of the enemy and he gallantry was rewarded. He rose quickly through ranks a commanded the 78th Highlanders Division during campaigns of 1820-1830 in India. He was given the rank of lt. General in 1832.

During Boer upheavals during 1835, the now kinghted Sir Robert was sent to command British forces in the South African area. Due to his fine work in the area, cooling the temper of the Boers, he was given the Governorship of South and West Africa on 1st January 1836.

1836 was not a cool year in South Africa. The Boers, hating the Liberal reforms put on them, at the demand of the Whigs in London, started their Great Trek into the interior of Africa. Sir Robert could do little to stop them without full blown revolt in the region.

On the 7th February the Xhosa invaded South Africa, decapitating the Governor of Queen Adlilade province along with 50 of his men. With help from the 4th Ulster Divsion, the men of the 7th Highlanders Division pushed back the Xhosa, reclaiming all land lost and pushing the Xhosa back to Natal.

In 1837, Sir Robert drew up plans with his collegues Dermot O'Connell (Governor of Ireland) and Sir Dorian Russel (Commisioner of the Board of Control, EIC) to intervene in the Portuguese Empire, for the trading of Arms to natives who were fighting the British. The plan was approved and Portugal was defeated.

Following the collapse of the Portuguese Empire, Sir Robert gained land in West Africa (Angloa, Sao Tome, Bissao), while many other gains were given over to the East India Company. Sir Robert commisioned the opening of 2 Diamond mines in Sotuh Africa which bring profit to the Empire.


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