Cecil Rhodes

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“Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902) feverishly exploited the diamond and goldfields of South Africa, rose to be prime minister of the Cape Colony (1890-1896), contributed money to political parties, controlled parliamentary seats both in England and in South Africa, and sought tow in a strip of British territory across Africa from the Cape of Good Hope to Egypt and to join these two extremes together with a telegraph line and ultimately with a Cape-to-Cairo Railway. Rhodes inspired devoted support for his goals from others in South Africa and in England. With financial support from Lord Rothschild and Alfred Beit, he wasn able to monopolize the diamond mines of South Africa as De Beers Consolidated Minesand to build up a great gold mining enterprise as Consolidated Gold Fields. In the middle 1890’s Rhodes had a personal income of at least a million pounds sterling a year (then about five million dollars) which was spent so freely for his mysterious purposes that he was usually over drawn on his account. ” – Tragedy and Hope by Carroll Quigley


Rhodes Scholarships

“These purposes centered on his desire to federate the English-speaking peoples and to bring all the habitable portions of the world undertheir control. For this purpose Rhodes left part of his great fortune to found the Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford in order to spread the English ruling class tradition throughout the English-speaking world as Ruskin had wanted. Cecil Rhodes Organized a Secret Society in 1891.” – Tragedy and Hope by Carroll Quigley

At the time of Bill Clinton’s graduation, he won a Rhodes Scholarship to University College, Oxford.

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