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Biography of Cecil Rhodes and His Quest Towards Domination of South Africa and the Diamond Industry
Although other British colonists eventually defeated the Boers and overthrew the government, Cecil Rhodes was forced to resign as the Prime Minister of South Africa in an embarrassing manner.
Since the age of 16 Cecil had been suffering from a weak heart. He passed away in his cottage in Cape Town, South Africa at the age of 49. Cecil was not aware of some of the changes he had made to South Africa oppressing the native blacks and simply taking their natural recourses of diamonds. Cecil Rhodes did believe that, "the best way of preserving the unity of the British Empire was for the colonies to have local self-governments" , but he failed to recognize that those taking part in the Cape Parliament were not original native people, but colonists who had been living in the colonies for some time. It never occurred to him that self-governing should include natives because he believed in using the natives as work force for his diamond mines. Cecil Rhodes left a great legacy behind, he formed his own country, achieved total control of South Africa, and he monopolized the diamond business. All these achievements could be viewed as robbery of a country; nevertheless Cecil Rhodes had a huge impact on a nation that will last forever.
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