Monthly Archives: July 2014

I’ll be away for a while

  I’m going on a backpack trip to Lapland. You can read a little about it here. I started to work on my next post, about the Rudd Concession. But I didn’t have time to finish it before my trip. … Continue reading

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Lobengula and the concession hunters

This is the second installment in a series about Rhodesia. King Lobengula of the Matabele found himself extraordinarily popular with white men—too popular. Day in and day out, they rode in their wagons to the royal residence at Bulawayo, where … Continue reading

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Cecil Rhodes and British expansionism

This is the first of a series about Rhodesia. “I contend that we are the first race in the world, and that the more of the world we inhabit the better off it is for the human race.”*—Cecil Rhodes It … Continue reading

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Newfoundland Regiment at the Somme

On the first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1, 1916, the Newfoundland Regiment (designated the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in 1917) participated in the massive Allied advance toward German lines. They were part of the 88th Brigade in … Continue reading

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