Category Archives: African History

Union Jack at Fort Salisbury

This is the eighth installment in a series about Rhodesia. It concludes this portion of the series. We will leave Rhodesia for a while to explore other topics, but we will return to the subject to cover the Matabele Wars … Continue reading

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The friendly Dr. Jim

This is the seventh installment in a series about Rhodesia. The party of Royal Horse Guards in their dashing uniforms had brought the Queen’s message to Lobengula: the “wisest and safest course” for him was to carry out his agreement … Continue reading

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The betrayal of Lobengula

This is the sixth installment in a series about Rhodesia. Lobengula had investigated the white concessionaires and the missionaries, and determined that the Rudd concession was a fraud. Its sole purpose was to deceive him into giving away his country. … Continue reading

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From Bulawayo to London

This is the fifth installment of a series about Rhodesia. Lobengula’s envoys and the two white men who accompanied them, Maund and Colenbrander, arrived in Southampton early March, 1889. Babayane and Mshete wore western-style hats and three-piece suits, not any … Continue reading

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Repercussions of the Rudd concession

This is the fourth installment of a series about Rhodesia. When Lobengula first put his mark to the Rudd document, he must have felt satisfied. He’d finally solved his problem of dealing with the swarms of white petitioners who came … Continue reading

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The Rudd concession

This is the third installment of a series about Rhodesia. Lobengula had grown weary of the continuous stream of concessionists and big-game hunters who came to his royal kraal begging favors. He posted a notice at the entry point to … 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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