Definition of Cecil Rhodes from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Cecil Rhodes

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(1853-1902) a British politician and businessman. He went to South Africa in 1870 and made a lot of money from diamond and gold mining, forming the De Beers Mining Company in 1880. His ambition was to bring the whole of Africa under British control, and he took an active part in opposing Britain's rivals in South Africa, the Boers. In 1889 he formed the British South Africa Company, which owned land later known as Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe and Zambia), and became the President of Cape Colony in 1890.