The Colonization Of Uganda And Kenya

1973 Words Aug 5th, 2016 8 Pages
1. Introduction
The colonization of Uganda and Kenya is the reason why they are bilateral countries meaning they share many of the same interest such as political interest, economic interests etc… Being colonized by the United Kingdom has affected their history forever, and has made it extremely difficult to be in the same state as the rest of the world but also allowed both countries to be close with each other as they shared the same experiences. As they gained their independence, they later formed an East African Community along with Tanzania who was also colonized by the UK which created many benefits in the long run. In this paper, I will investigate the benefits of the East African Community over time specifically with Kenya’s and Uganda’s trade with coffee.
1.1. Coffee History
Coffee trees were first introduced by the French which were located near the capital of Kenya, Nairobi. Nairobi was used as the nucleus around which Kenyan coffee growing developed. The British and European farmers became rich by farming coffee on the backs of the Kenyan workers. With more experience, Kenyan farmers became more and more powerful. With over 1 million Kikuyu tribe members calling it home they had real land claims according to the Europeans.
While Arabica was introduced at the beginning of the 1900’s, Robusta coffee is indigenous to the country, and has been a part of Ugandan life for centuries. Over time growing coffee was not seen as a job but more of a fun activity to do…
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