January 05, 2014

On this day January 6th...

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

6 January, 1896 Cecil John Rhodes, prime minister of the Cape Colony, was severely censured for his involvement in the infamous Jameson Raid and forced to resign by the British government. The raid failed because of swift reaction by the forces of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR or Transvaal Republic). The operation was further doomed when an intended rise by Uitlanders on the Witwatersrand was called off shortly before Jameson's invasion.

Cecil John Rhodes was a British colonial financier and statesman in South Africa who made a fortune in gold and diamond mining. He also helped colonize the territory now known as Zimbabwe and he endowed annual fellowships for British Commonwealth and United States students to study at Oxford University (1853-1902)

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