Imperialism in South Africa

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During Imperialistic times South Africa was a region of great resources that was greatly disputed over (Ellis). Europe’s main goal during these times was to compete against each other and played a “game” of which country can imperialize more African countries than the other. Imperialism was a curse to South Africa, because many wars, laws, and deaths were not necessary and would not have happened if South Africa were not imperialized.
Imperialism is the domination by one country of political, economic, or cultural life of another country or region and occurred during the 1800’s in Africa. Imperialism in Africa was caused by four factors in Europe: economy, politics/military, humanitarian/religion, and Social Darwinism (Ellis). The
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The Transvaal was a result of the Boers trying to escape the jurisdiction of the British. Then Britain was able to gain control of the Transvaal and move deeper into Cape Colony where the Dutch settlements were (Luscomb; Transvaal). The Boers were able to resist The British using guerilla warfare and home field advantage. However, the Second Boer war was a different story.
The Second Boer War, sometimes called the South African War, was from 1899 to 1902 and the British were finally able to defeat the Boers and gain control over all of South Africa ("South Africa."). By 1910 almost all of Britain had left South Africa due to World War II and South Africa was no longer imperialized. After imperialism South Africa became a union with the Cape and Natal colonies, Orange Free State, and The Transvaal (Luscomb). The four settlements then changed the name to The Union of South Africa, then South Africa in 1934 when it was declared a Republic.
South Africa’s government is a Republic, just like America. There are three branches to both of the governments, the executive, the legislative, and the judicial (“Three Capitals”). Unlike America, South Africa actually has three capitals. When the Union was formed in 1910 each settlement wanted the capital to be in their own town. The Union also believed that having a centralized government would bring too much power, so

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