European Imperialism started in the early
1800's; with the goal to prove they had wealth and
power. European nations competed with each other
to gain territory in Africa. The more they gain the
more powerful they thought they would become.
Africa was soon bled of it's human resources. The
Europeans induced slavery for the beneift of the
Muslim countries, from the nineth century to the
nineteenth century. The last four centuries of which
were regular slave trade to help the Americas and the
Christian states of Europe. Approximately
twentyeight to thrityseven million slaves were taken
from Africa during those ten ccenturies.Due to the
rades by Europeans a regular commerse was
established. Some of the goods that were exchanged
for human slaves included rifles, which were used to
defend and expand the European slave trade.
Another reason the European nations believed they
could gainn power and wealth through africa was its
natural resources which could be made int o
manufactured goods in Europe. These manufactured
goods could then be turned around and resold in
Africa for a great amount of profit.
Spread of Imperialism
European rule came over Africa like a fire.
African chief's made agreements with some
European trading companies that allowed them to
pursue trade. Companies alson needed protection;
therefore, had the European government take over,
making that area now a European nations territory.
The European nations sold their protection like a mob
in the 1930's. Tricking many African cheifs binto
treaties that they did not understand, not knowing
what they would be giving up. From 1860 till the
1880's mineral discoverieshad a great impact on
Southern Africa. Dimonds and gold were the prize in
the European eye. Europeans migrates all theough
Africa seeking that which could make them wealthier.
In their pursuit of greed large gold mining companies...
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