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As a former colony of Britain, Canada contributed a significant number of troops to Britain's ongoing three year conflict within South Africa, often referred to as the Boer War. At the time, a number of persons within Canada expressed doubt about why they were supporting such a distant military venture, and even Prime Minister Sir Wilfried Laurier was skeptical. This online exhibit from the Canadian War Museum explores Canadian involvement in this military action, and includes sections that provide information about the units and personalities involved throughout the conflict. Visitors can also view images of some of the awards that were associated with this conflict, such as the Queen's South African Medal and the Queen's Scarf of Honour, which were crocheted by Queen Victoria herself. The site is rounded out by a lengthy and well-composed essay by Dr. Cameron Pulsifer that provides a nice historical sketch of Canada's commitment to the South African War.
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