The historians of Southern Africans explain that eighteen century was the formative period in the emergence of the Afrikaner people. During the century Europeans settlers evolved a new pastoral way of life for people during pre-colonial slave labour and took control of a substantial part of south Africans.
The frontier expansion in the shaping of South Africans colonial society was widely acknowledged there was much disagreement on nature, subsistence farmers who began trekking both northwards and eastwards into the interior to find better pastures/farmlands for their livestock to graze, as well as to escape the autocratic rule of the Dutch East India Company, trekboere also traded with indigenous people. This meant their herds were of hardy local stock.
They formed a vital link between the pool of animals in the interior and the providers of shipping provisions at the Cape. Trekboere were nomadic, living in their wagons and rarely remaining in one location for an extended period of time. A number of Trekboere settled in the eastern Cape.