Fort Beaufort is located in the Eastern Cape close to Cradock.

Fort Beaufort was originally a missionary outpost station established in 1862 by Reverend Joseph Williams of the London Missionary Society.

Later in history Fort Beaufort became a military outpost in the Xhosa wars and the subsequent 6th Xhosa war of 1834-1835.

Fort Beaufort is the only inland town to boast a turret or as it was known in military jargon, a Martello Tower, with a Howitzer machine gun mounted atop the tower.

Fort Beaufort is the home of Fort Hare University with four campuses.

Fort Hare University located in a town called Alice, was instrumental in the higher education of black Africans from 1916-1959.

Here is a list of notable students from Fort Hare University:

· John Hlope – 1959 Judge President of the Cape Provincial Division of the High Court

· Bulelani Ngcuka – 1954 Former Director of Public Prosecutions

· Chris Hani – Expelled, Leader of the SACP

· Mantu Tshabalala Msimang - Former Minister of Health

· Desmond Tutu - Arch Bishop Emeritus

· Kenneth Kaunda - First President of Zambia

· Robert Mugabe - President of Zimbabwe

· Nelson Mandela – Expelled, Former President of South Africa

Places worth visiting when visiting the town of Fort Beaufort:

· Tsolwana Game Reserve

· Adelaide, South Africa, there is a Heritage Museum

· Alice, Fort Beaufort, Cultural Dress and Municipal Museum

· The Old British Fort outside town

Fort Beaufort is supported by the farming of citrus fruits, sheep and corn farming. Tourism is a seasonal attraction and visiting places like Hogsback for a hike in the forests is a worthwhile scenic outing.

J.R.R Tolkien found inspirations for his novel Lord of the Rings walking in these forests.

Schools in Fort Beaufort include:

· Fort Beaufort Primary School

· Healdtown Comprehensive School

· Balfour Primary School

· Boundary Hill Primary School

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