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British Imperialism

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The Legacy of British Imperialism in Africa
By the year 1924, approximately one-quarter of the world’s total land area and population was under the control of the British Empire. Before Africa was invaded by Europeans there was not a lot of information known about the inner regions of the continent. After some explorers took the chance of venturing deeper into the mysterious continent, Europeans realized how much they could gain from it. Britain, at this time, had only a small claim in Africa, but after learning this valuable information they decided to increase the amount of land they had. The discovery of Africa’s wealth led to an event that we now know as the “scramble for Africa”, which occurred between 1881 and 1914, in which European countries essentially fought endlessly to gain control of some region or another in Africa. While economic growth was an outcome of British imperialism in Africa, the positive effect was outweighed by the loss of culture, self-governance and life.
Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, almost every single country in Africa was imperialized by European countries such as Germany, France and most importantly Great Britain. The "Scramble for Africa" was the occupation, division, and colonisation of African territory by European powers during the period of New Imperialism, Africa is a country chalk full of hunger and diseases, it also has one of the largest rates of crime around the world. These are statistics that have been
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