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he very first official land owner of the
 farm Hoedspruit was Dawid Johannes
 He arrived in the lowveld in 1844 and settled in
 the area between the Blyde River and what is
 now known as the Zandspruit River.
 In 1848 he officially registered the farm at the
 land office which was situated in Ohrigstad,
 thus it was in 1848 that Hoedspruit had any
 official recognition and registration towards the
 town and municipality that it is today.

 A few years later, in the 1850’s, Ohrigstad was
 expanding and becoming the central town in
 the greater region, however, at the time, it was
 decided that only the older settlers should be
 allowed to settle in and around the immediate
 area of Ohrigstad and anyone younger than 45
 was encouraged to move further away from the
 town and settle elsewhere. As a result a group
 of young men – all under 45 – made their way
 down the escarpment and settled in the area
 between the mountain and the Blyde River on
 a farm that they then called Jonkmanspruit.
 A few of the other young men settled a little
 further on on the farm they called Welverdiend
 (meaning 'well deserved') and yet another on a
 farm that was called Driehoek ('three corners')
 due to the shape of the farm itself. These are
 some of the original names that still exist in
 the area today and are all situated around the
 edges of what was the original farm called   T IM B A V A T I • GREA TER KRUGER NA T IO NAL P ARK

 The name Hoedspruit itself was given by
 Dawid Johannes Joubert and was directly
 as a result of an incident after major rain on
 Mariepskop area in 1844 (when he first arrived
 in the area) which caused the “now called
 Zandspruit” to come down in a flash flood.
 During this event he ended up loosing his
 hat in the flooding river and local legend is it
 was due to this he then named the river the
 Hoedspruit (the Hat River) – as in the River that   I
 stole his Hat.
 At pretty much the same time a major dispute
 erupted between the Portuguese in the then
 Lourenço Marques (Maputo), and the South
 Africans in the then Transvaal Republic.
 The Portuguese were insisting that the
 Drakensberg mountain range just behind the
 town of Hoedspruit was in fact the international
 border between Mozambique and South
 Africa and the South Africans were insisting
 it was the Lebombo Mountains. As a result
 Paul Kruger, then president of the Transvaal
 Republic ordered a proper land survey study
 to be done and for the official border to be
 assessed and finalized.

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