Pieter (‘Piet’) Retief (12 November 1780-6 February 1838), was ‘n leier tydens die uittog van die Voortrekkers na die binneland. Met die oorname van die Kaap Kolonie deur Brittanje, het Retief in 1837 by die ekspedisie wat later as ‘die Groot Trek’ bekend sou staan, aangesluit. Retief se trekgeselskap was die grootste groep wat op een slag sou trek, en was gemik op Natal. Hy is later as Goewerneur verkies van die ‘Vrye Provinsie van Nieu-Holland in Suid-Oos Afrika’, die nuwe staat wat hulle sou stig in die land van hul bestemming. Volgens sy gepubliseerde manifes was hul strewe om op ‘n vreedsame manier grond te bekom vir die vestiging van die Trekkers, asook om in vrede saam met die binnelandse gemeenskappe van die dag te leef.
Pieter (‘Piet’) Retief (12 November 1780 – 6 February 1838), was a leader during the Voortrekkers’ trek into the interior of Southern-Africa. With Great Britain’s annexation of the Cape Colony, Retief decided to join the exodus out of the Cape that would come to be known as “The Great Trek”. Retief’s trek was the biggest that would leave the Cape at the time, and he had his sights on Natal. He was chosen to be the Governor of the new state they would establish on their arrival, called the ‘Free Province of New Holland in South-East Africa’. Prior to him leaving the Cape, he published a manifest that outlined his & his party’s aim was to acquire land in a peaceful manner, and that they would endeavour to live in peace with the established communities of their new home.