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The Rothschild
1798 - 1820 1820 - 1850 1850  - 1880 1880 - 1914 1914 - 1945 1945 - 1980 1980 - Now

1880 - 1914 :
The gathering pace of industrialisation across Europe brought new involvements for the Rothschilds.

The French took a major interest in the mining of base metals - in particular copper and nickel - and in England the Rothschilds backed a new company, The Exploration Company, to seek out mineral sources throughout the world.

With the provision of funding for the creation of De Beers in 1887, the Rothschilds also turned to investment in the mining of precious stones, in Africa and India.
For a time too, along with the Nobels, they were at the forefront of developing oil fields, in Baku and Batoum in south-west Russia.

Away from business new family interests grew.
In 1895, Edmond de Rothschild, youngest son of Baron James, visited Palestine for the first time.

In the years to come he was to support the founding of a number of Jewish colonies. His interest in the development of the country continued until his death in 1934.

In England, Walter, son of the first Lord Rothschild (the first Jewish peer, created in 1885) began his interest in zoology, which was to produce one of the world's great collections of specimens, while his cousin Henri was becoming a leading French expert on infant nutrition.

In 1901, with no male heir to take it on, the Frankfurt House closed its doors. After more than a century, the Rothschilds severed their business link with their town of origin. It was not until 1989 that they returned.

« Singly the five arrows of the Rothschild coat of arms may be broken.
Together they will endure. »

Scouts de France de Ferney-Voltaire