Southern Rhodesia: A Bit of a Breather


Flying north to Europe in search of independence, Southern Rhodesia's Prime Minister Ian Smith thought he had it in the bag. Far from it.

First stop on his carefully planned trip (TiME, Sept. 4) was Lisbon, where he hoped to pick up assurances of immediate recognition and economic aid from Portugal should the Rhodesians decide on a unilateral declaration of independence. But when he sat down for talks, Portuguese Premier Antonio de Oliveira Salazar offered only sympathetic smiles and the minimal assurance that the ports in Portugal's colony of Mozambique would always be open.

Daunted only slightly, Smith winged on to...

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