Never underestimate ignorance- I know more on this broad subject than many but this bits still not something I've really read about.@Youngmarshall, thanks very much. While I have decent general knowledge about the Scramble, the only thing that I feel I'm really qualified to talk about as an informed commentator is a bit orthogonal- the international dimensions of the South African War. The Kruger Telegram and Joseph Chamberlain's rather unconvincing attempts to wash his hands of Jameson are interesting, but well-trodden ground.
The plan behind the invasion was simple; the Raiders, in alliance with the politically disenfranchised Uitlanders of the Transvaal Republic, along with reform-minded Afrikaners, would overthrow the conservative government of Paul Kruger. Then they would install a government which would be favourable to the British Empire, enfranchise the Uitlanders
But the plan was fatally flawed ... the Uitlanders didn’t particularly care
Oh he was a talent-but his reach outstripped his grasp in this case.Jameson sounds like he would have been right at home among the Southern filibusterers keen on grabbing land in the Caribbeans or Central America. About as skilled about it too.