The technological development of the Northern Rhodesian Copperbelt, 1899-1960, with particular reference to the Nchanga Mine
Coleman, Francis L.
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In the course of little more than sixty years, an inhospitable, disease -ridden wilderness in the heart of tropical Africa has been transformed into one of the major copper -producing areas in the world. This study is an attempt to explain and describe the rise of the modern industry from a technological point of view, the main theme being the work of the early, lone prospectors leading to the rise of the various mining companies with the enormous technical and economic issues involved creating in turn the need for huge combines, in the form of the Anglo- American Corporation and Rhodesian Selection Trust. Linked with all this, but separated as a detailed, intensive study, is the story of Nchanga, the largest copper producer in the Commonwealth. From its small beginning, with the discovery of a rock outcrop in a stream, the history of the venture is traced to its present -day dominance, with a capital of £28,000,000 and an annual output of well over 175,000 tons of copper.