reading dreadnought II

by bezzle

Cecil Rhodes:

– he started the De Beers Diamond Company.  Remember Jeff’s post about the ‘tradition’ of giving diamond engagement rings being started by this company?

“By 1891, his De Beers Diamond Company controlled South Africa’s diamond production, which made up 90 percent of all the diamonds produced in the world.”

– he planned the annexation of Matabeleland, which he called Rhodesia.  (Northern Rhodesia and Southern Rhodesia are now Zambia and Zanzibar respectively.)