Orange Free State
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During 1899 and 1902 the Orange Free Country and the South African Republic, a Boer Republic in the current South-African provinces Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, fought the Second Boer War with the British Empire. In the Treaty of Vereeniging it was decided that Orange Free Country would become part of the British Empire as the Orange River Colony. In 1910 it joined the Union of South-Africa under its former name, Orange Free Country.
In 1944, Christopher Tolkien spent time in Free State Province, training for the Royal Air Force. During this stay he corresponded extensively with his father about the elder Tolkien's reminiscences of South Africa, as well as newly written chapters of The Lord of the Rings.