Excerpt from Proceedings of the Royal Colonial Institute, 1904-1905, Vol. 36
The main facts on which the judgment must be based can be put brieﬂy. First, Rhodesia. What does it mean? A country six times the size of the United Kingdom - one quarter the size of the United States, brought under the ﬂag by his individual initia tive at a time when the people and the responsible Government of this country shrank from undertaking the task. Look at the map of Africa observe the way in which this vast territory lies in relation to the possessions of other States, some hostile to us and eager to anticipate us in gaining a footing there; notice how it gives, through its central position, a command of the whole of South Africa, and how it drives a wedge into the heart of a barbarism as old as the continent itself. The merest glance at the map makes it clear that the history of the world would have been greatly changed (and, may we be excused for believing, changed for the worse had not Mr. Rhodes been present in South Africa to save this vast region for civilisation and the Empire.
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