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Extract from a complaint in 1899 by white South African settlers against British businessman Cecil Rhodes
(Catalogue ref: DO 119/552)
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Catalogue ref: DO 119/552; complaint from Afrikaaners about Cecil Rhodes, 1899
How to use this source
Study this source carefully. Different parts of the source will contain clues about why the British became empire builders in Africa. As you study the source, ask yourself:
  • According to the Afrikaaners, what deal did Cecil Rhodes put to them?
  • Why did they accept?
  • What do you think Rhodes was trying to achieve?
  • What clues does this source provide about why the British became involved in Africa? (Use this source and the information in the useful notes.)
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