BSAC hoists the British flag in Salisbury (modern day Harare)

12 September 1890    

After signing the Rudd Concession, Cecil John Rhodes rushed to London to seek a charter for the occupation (colonisation) of modern day Zimbabwe. Rhodes won the support of the London’s leaders and further offered to his personal fortune to occupy Zimbabwe. He then went to SA and organised the Pioneer Column, which would be the first group to enter Zimbabwe with the intention to actually occupy. They entered Zimbabwe through Maklautsi river to avoid the resistance of the Ndebele. They firstly establised Fort Victoria (modern day Masvingo) and Fort Charter (modern day Chivhu) before hoisting the British flag at Fort Victoria.