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Seventy Five Proud Years: Pioneers and Progress of Rhodesia

A perfect digitally-restored copy of a Rhodesian government-endorsed publication issued on the 75th anniversary of that nation in 1965. It is the only official history of Rhodesia ever published which provides an overview of events from the time of the 1890 “Pioneer Columns” to just before the world-famous “Unilateral Declaration of Independence” in 1965.

Starting with an introduction by the Prime Minister, Ian Smith, the book then discusses in detail the founding of the country, the struggle with the Shona rebellion, the later political developments (including the abortive federation with Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland (today Zambia and Malawi), and includes the first portend of the soon-to-come independence issue.

Along the way, a number of fascinating articles detail Rhodesia’s remarkable short progress in the agricultural, industrial, economic, and military sectors, perhaps best summed up by the two photographs of the capital city Salisbury, one taken in 1898, and the other in 1965.

The earlier picture shows less than thirty corrugated tin-roofed houses and sheds, while the second picture, taken only 67 years later, shows a modern city, complete with all the infrastructure found in any First World metropolis.

Significantly, the book ends with an appeal for more white immigrants to bolster and grow that sector of the population.

This is an exact reproduction of the original, and also includes all its advertisements, many of which are as instructive and rare as the publication itself (such as those from many well-known international companies, and a full-page advertisement taken out by the country’s ruling Rhodesian Front party).

This reproduction of an extremely rare document is of value to researchers, collectors, and history aficionados alike.


Introduction by the Hon. I. D. Smith, Prime Minister of Rhodesia

Seventy Five Proud Years: In the Beginning

The Pioneers Arrive

The Defeat of the Impis

Jameson’s Folly

The Rebellions

A Different Courage

Amalgamation Proposed

Responsible Government

Difficult Times

Closer Association



Authority Defied

Southern Rhodesia Politics

New Constitution

Federation Threatened

The Turn of the Tide

Triumph for Violence

On Our Own

Independence Issue

A New Leader

Prophets Confounded

A Bright and Exhilarating Future

Salisbury—the Mother City

Merchant Adventurers who founded Rhodesia

Chronological Table of Events


Land Apportionment

Minerals and Agricultural Products

Index to Participants

All photographs from the Rhodesian National Archives and the Rhodesia Information Service.

128 pages. Paperback.


Additional information

Weight 13.05 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 0.28 × 11 in

H.C.P. Andersen

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