Nineteenth-Century British Imperialism Essay

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Were Economic Factors Primarily Responsible for Nineteenth-Century British
Imperialism?     

     In society today the almighty dollar is what motivates most people’s actions. However, there are other reasons that can promote a change within a system such as morals, religious beliefs, values, and ethics. During the nineteenth century, society was not much different from that of the present day as the economy remains one of the most important parts of the country. This is evident in the time period when the New World was discovered and numerous people flocked to the uncharted lands in search for prosperity. British imperialism was no different in that it was a means to stimulate the
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After harvesting these commodities they could be sent to the industrial areas for refinement and finally the merchandise could be transported to the port based economic areas where they could be shipped to other countries.
     Another advantage which Britain had was that with the extent that their empire covered they were able to send goods to locations all over the world with little to no tariffs placed on their goods because they had access to ports in many countries and on almost every continent. This was a great asset because it would allow Britain to keep their prices lower and therefore stimulate competition in which they had a distinctive advantage over those who opposed them. Another way in which Britain could exploit her might was by taking advantage of the good standings that these countries held with one another. They could also use any bad relationships that a country had before the British occupation with a promise of fair trade that would be regulated by the government officials of
Parliament. This could have appealed to some countries and helped establish good trade relations between Britain and other countries.
     
     In a money hungry culture and society the people of Britain saw a way to improve upon their way of life and were willing to make great sacrifices to obtain what they felt was to
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