Die Afrikaanse Patriot

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Die Afrikaanse Patriot
Afrikaanse Patriot.jpg
Front page of the first issue
EditorC.P. Hoogenhout
Ceased publication1904
CountryCape Colony

Die Afrikaanse Patriot was the first Afrikaans-language newspaper. The first issue was published in Paarl on 15 January 1876. Initially a monthly magazine, it became a weekly two years later.[1]

Even though the first edition had just 50 subscribers, it swiftly drew sharp condemnation for promoting Afrikaans as a literary language, as it was then considered nothing more than a "kitchen" variety of Dutch.[2] By the third year, subscription rose to 3,000 thanks to the support from readers in the Transvaal Republic.[2]

The newspaper would however lose much of its readership in 1892, when it endorsed Cecil Rhodes in its conflict against the president of Transvaal, Paul Kruger. Die Patriot ultimately went out of business in 1904.[2]


  1. ^ "Die Patriot is published in Paarl". South African History Online. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Pieter J. Fourie (2008-09-01). Media Studies: Media history, media and society. Juta and Company Ltd. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-7021-7692-0.