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Dr. Roque P.

The South African Charter Company (1899; With map of Southern Africa - Rhodesia)

Stunning work about the colonisation of Southern Africa and the BSAC, a British public company for mining and colonial enterprises in Southern Africa, South Africa, Botswana, Rhodesia, Zambia and their predecessor entities. With many historical, political, economic and military details about the colonisation of Southern Africa.

Published: Typographie Oudin et Cie, Poitiers, 1899

Edition: First Edition

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"La Compagnie à Charte de l'Afrique du Sud. Thèse pour le doctorat presentee et soutenue le Jeudi 20 Avril 1899, a 3 heures, dans la salle des actes publics de la Faculte, par P. Roque"; Softcovers; Collation complete - 108 pages + Map of Southern Africa (Rhodesia); Text in French; Overall condition is Very Good. Softcovers a bit worn, with little wears and age toning, but whole and tight. Ex-libris label to the front cover. Text block in very good condition, very bright and clear.

Thesis for PhD with detailed scientific observation and analyses, presented and supported on April 20, 1899, in the hall of public acts of the University of Poitiers, by P. Roque. This is an extremely rare copy of this precious work, hard to find even in National and University Libraries - and the only copy selling on internet! We sold one copy of this title for $420 in April, 2015 at Auction #42 on (

Contents (translated to English):

- Origins of colonization

- The discovery of America and the route to India

- Trade and Colonization

- Colonization companies before the 19th Century

- Chartered Companies

- Causes of reappearance of these companies at the end of the 19th century

- The european settlements and institutions in South Africa before the Charter Company

- The British and the Boers

- South African Republics

- The Boer War

- The Rt Hon Cecil John Rhodes DCL , founder and managing director in South Africa (5 July 1853 – 26 March 1902). He was a British businessman, mining magnate, and politician in South Africa. An ardent believer in British colonialism, Rhodes was the founder of the southern African territory of Rhodesia, which was named after him in 1895. South Africa's Rhodes University is also named after Rhodes. He set up the provisions of the Rhodes Scholarship, which is funded by his estate.)

- England granting charters

- Reservations made for the benefit of the Crown

- Delegations of sovereignty

- Government allocations granted to the Charter Company

- Analogy with the powers of magistrates

- Precedents in England

- Original forms of Colonization Companies in France and England

- Comparative trends in France and England

- Memorandum of Mr. Chamberlain, State Secretary at the Colonial Office

- Justification of the police forces

- History of the police forces of the Company

- Imperial Federation League

- United Empire League

- Resistance of Kruger and German intervention

- Capital of the Charter Company

- The Egyptian occupation

- The Suez canal

- The telegraph line

- The Fashoda Incident

- The line of Congo - Djibouti

- Current economic condition of central Africa

- Natural ways in Rhodesia

- Premiere Exploring Expedition

- Selous Route

- Railways

- Bechuanaland Railway C° Ld.

- East coast line

- Beira Railway C° Ld.

- Transcontinental telegraph line, etc.

The British South Africa Company (BSAC or BSACo) was chartered in 1889 following the amalgamation of Cecil Rhodes' Central Search Association and the London-based Exploring Company Ltd, which had originally competed to capitalize on the expected mineral wealth of Mashonaland but united because of common economic interests and to secure British government backing. The company received a Royal Charter in 1889 modelled on that of the British East India Company. Its first directors included the Duke of Abercorn, Rhodes himself and the South African financier Alfred Beit. Rhodes hoped BSAC would promote colonisation and economic exploitation across much of south-central Africa, as part of the "Scramble for Africa". However, his main focus was south of the Zambezi, in Mashonaland and the coastal areas to its east, from which he believed the Portuguese could be removed by payment or force, and in the Transvaal, which he hoped would return to British control. It has been suggested that Rhodes' ambition was to create a zone of British commercial and political influence from "Cape to Cairo", but this was far beyond the resources of any commercial company to achieve and would not have given investors the financial returns they expected. BSAC was created in the expectation that the gold fields of Mashonaland would provide funds for the development of other areas of Central Africa, including the mineral wealth of Katanga. When the expected wealth of Mashonaland did not materialise and Katanga was acquired by the Congo Free State, the company had little money left after building railways for significant development, particularly in areas north of the Zambezi. BSAC regarded its lands north of the Zambezi as territory to be held as cheaply as possible for future, rather than immediate, exploitation. (

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  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 25 x 16 cm
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