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Cecil John Rhodes

(1853-1902), Imperialist, statesman in South Africa and mining entrepreneur

Sitter in 25 portraits
Rhodes found wealth in Africa as a mining entrepreneur and co-founder of the De Beers diamond company. As a politician and imperialist, he was instrumental in the economic and political development of South Africa, and in extending British influence there. In 1890, he became Prime Minister of the Cape Colony. His position was compromised by his involvement in the Jameson Raid in 1895, but he remained enormously influential. He founded Rhodesia, now known as Zambia and Zimbabwe.Rhodes also endowed the Rhodes Scholarships at the University of Oxford.



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