By the mid-19th century the descendants of the Nguni and Zulu, the Ndebele, had established a powerful warrior kingdom.The first British explorers, colonists, and missionaries arrived in the 1850s, and the massive influx of foreigners led to the establishment of the territory Rhodesia, named after Cecil Rhodes of the British South Africa Company.In 1923, European settlers voted to become the self-governing British colony of Southern Rhodesia.

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We twa hae run about the braes, And pou'd the gowans fine, But we've wander'd monie a weary fit, Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn, Frae morning sun till dine, But seas between us braid hae roar'd Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand my trusty fiere, And gie's a hand o thine, And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught, For auld lang syne.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne.

CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, We'll tak a cup of kindness yet, For auld lang syne!

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp, And surely I'll be mine, And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet, For auld lang syne!

President: Robert Mugabe (1980)Land area: 149,293 sq mi (386,669 sq km); total area: 150,804 sq mi (390,580 sq km)Population (2014 est.): 13,771,721 (growth rate: 4.36%); birth rate: 32.47/1000; infant mortality rate: 26.55/1000; life expectancy: 55.68; density per sq mi: 57 Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Harare, 1.542 million Other large cities: Bulawayo, 653,337; Chitungwiza, 356,840Monetary unit: Zimbabwean dollar More Facts & Figures Zimbabwe, a landlocked country in south-central Africa, is slightly smaller than California.

It is bordered by Botswana on the west, Zambia on the north, Mozambique on the east, and South Africa on the south.