Cecil Rhodes

British Businessman and Imperialist Politician Cecil Rhodes

Profession: British Businessman and Imperialist Politician

United Kingdom

Biography: At his death Rhodes was considered one of the wealthiest men in the world.

Born: July 5, 1853
Birthplace: Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: March 26, 1902 (aged 48)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Historical Events

  • 1888-10-29 Lord Salisbury grants Cecil Rhodes charter for British South Africa Company
  • 1888-10-30 Ndebele-king Lobengula grants Cecil Rhodes, Mashonaland £100 per month
  • 1889-10-29 Queen Victoria grants Cecil Rhodes rights to Zambezia
  • 1890-06-27 Cecil Rhodes' colonists attack Motlousi in Matabeleland
  • 1890-07-17 Cecil Rhodes becomes Premier of Cape Colony
  • 1890-08-01 Cecil Rhodes' colonists reach Lundi
  • 1890-08-14 Cecil Rhodes' colonists reach Mashonaland (Fort Victoria)
  • 1890-09-12 Cecil Rhodes' colonists found Fort Salisbury (now Harare, Zimbabwe)
  • 1890-09-13 Cecil Rhodes' colonists hoist the Union Jack in Mashonaland & Salisbury (modern Zimbabwe)
  • 1896-01-06 Cecil Rhodes resigns as premier of Cape colony
  • 1897-07-16 The South African Committee, investigating the Jameson Raid releases its report finding that it was conducted almost implicitly through the support and encouragement of Cecil Rhodes and the mining houses in the Transvaal
  • 1900-02-15 Boer War: Siege of Kimberley broken by British troops under Lieutenant-General John French after a 124 day siege. Kimberley defense led by Cecil Rhodes.
  • 1902-04-04 Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund forms with $10 million

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