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Concentration camps were first used by the British during the Second Anglo-Boer War
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3 years ago #9816915        
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This is half-true. Although the term and the definition of a concentration camp appeared during the the Second Boer War, the camps themselves happened a couple of times before that, for instance there was a case ~50 years prior - during the American Civil War in Andersonville, Georgia. 45k held, 13k died.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andersonville_National_Historic_Site

6 years ago #9489322        
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It should also be mentioned that the person who "invented" the concentration caps, also invented the scout movement.
And the reason why he invented the scout movement, was because the boers would not consider an unarmed youth to be an enemy. So the scouts could travel through the wilderness where they could risk running into boers, without risking being killed or captured.


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6 years ago #9474535        
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True:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Boer_War#Concentration_camps_.281900.E2.80.931902.29

Over 26k people apparently died in them... I had no idea it was that many.

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