British Imperialization Of Africa

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The reason for British Imperialisation of Africa was for wealth, minerals, hold of authority, trade of gold and other resources and agricultural advancement. The British occupations of Africa were met with serious resentment by the native Africans. These resulted in wars and other violent conflicts. Imperialism by definition is were a nation or empire extends its power by the colonization of territories. This may include exploitation of these territories. Many empires throughout history have imperialized many territories; one of those being The British Empire. The British Empire was one of the largest and most successful empires the world has ever seen. At its peak, this empire covered about 412 million people, which was 23% of the world’s…show more content…
Europe knew Africa was there, but because of all the obstacles the empires of Europe would have to face such as the Sahara Desert and the Islamic settlers already there, imperialism in the America and Asia continents were much more affordable and simpler, even though the African continent was just the Mediterranean Sea away. Because of this, Britain’s main focus for imperialism before the 1900’s was in India. Unfortunately, the only thing most of the British knew about Africa during that time were the travesties of the African Slave Trade.
However, that would change very quickly. Africa went from being the least colonized continent to being an area for rampant European colonization. This sudden increase of European occupation became known as The Scramble of Africa. For example, “Within a couple of decades the small European presence in isolated coastal communities seemed to extend across virtually every last nook and corner of the continent. This rapid period of colonization is often referred to as the 'Scramble for Africa' and it extended in time from just the 1870s until the Boer War at the end of the century” (“Maproom”). There were many contributing factors to the sudden increase of African imperialization. The American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars
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