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Diamonds discovered at Kimberley

Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, 26 October 2010

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Cecil Rhodes, King of the Diamond Fields

6 November marks the anniversary of the discovery of diamonds at Kimberley, South Africa, in 1869. The diamond fields were claimed by the Cape Colony, Transvaal and Orange Free State but was, in 1871, put under the control of Nikolaas Waterboer and the area named Griqualand West.

Cecil Rhodes and his brother Herbert arrived soon after and over the next 17 years, financed by Rothschild & Sons, bought up most of the smaller mining outfits giving them a virtual monopoly. A strategic partnership with the Diamond Syndicate in London also meant that supply could be controlled and the high price of diamonds maintained.

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