In this project on Imperialism, we focused on improving counterclaims. One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability to write hooks and end with questions or insights. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.
What did I change (revise) in various stages and why?
I changed parts in my paragraph that I thought was bad language and made it better. I also followed the suggestions of my friends when they helped me with peer editing.
When Africa comes to mind, the thought of slavery usually comes up. But there is no further thought about who caused slavery, and more importantly, what could have possibly caused them to enslave these Africans without any ounce of remorse? Before the 19th century, Europeans knew very little about the interior of Africa because they were only interested in the slave trade that happened along the coastline. This all changed when slavery was banned. With the slave trade gone, the Europeans looked on to the next best option to make money. Interests shifted from slaves to Imperialism and colonies. The race for the continent has begun. Historians now ask the mind boggling question: What was the driving force behind Africa’s Imperialism? Economics was the primary driving force for the European invasion of Africa because of the resources they plundered and the money they made from exports. Although some might claim that technology was more important, this argument is like putting the cart before the horse because you need money to make technology.
Money is the primary driving force of almost anything. The same holds true for European Imperialism on Africa. The primary driving force for Europeans was well, money. Also, from Doc D, it shows the resources taken from Africans. Some of the resources they took are gold and diamonds and many other valuables. It is obvious that they were only thinking about money when they were taking these precious metals. This shows that the primary reason for European Imperialism was wealth. And also, according to Doc E, its shows how much money the British made in million British pounds. From 1854 to 1900 the increase of profits shows around 15 million British pounds. This shows how much money the Europeans made when they took the resources from the Africans and exported it. In short, the reasons for Europeans driving force was Economics.
Some historians may argue that technology was more important than economics because technology is what allowed the Europeans to conquer Africa and find resources. Doc C shows that without the invention of the steam engine to help find new resources and the repeating rifle to make sure African who rebelled were put down, Europeans would never have found the resources and wouldn’t have the means to put the Africans at bay. This is why technology is more significant than economics. Although this argument looks convincing at first, this argument doesn’t take into account that to have technology, you need money. You can’t argue that technology is more important than economics because you need economics to make techonology. Overview states that “In the 1800s this changed as European explorers pushed their way into the interiors of western and central Africa…By the 1880s Africa was under full assault…” Doc C shows all the inventions that Europeans made after 1800s and before the late 1800s. Background Essay even states directly that “Europeans Leaders were becoming very aware of two things: First, Africa was filled with incredible natural resources, second a scramble for these riches could lead to war among European Powers. This shows that Europeans made their inventions during their Imperialism in Africa. What this illustrates is that Africa’s resources and money helped make technology, and that money was first on their mind when taking over Africa. The evidence even directly states that the Europeans were aware of the profits to be made there and why Europeans scrambled there. People can’t argue against evidence. Based on the evidence presented, it is very clear that Economics was the driving force behind European Imperialism on Africa.
The driving force behind European Imperialism in Africa was Economics because money drives people to do anything. Some might claim that technology was the stronger driving force, but this claim is absurd since you need money to make technology. Europeans Imperialism on Africa was due to money. Diamonds and gold were taken from Africans and used to make as much as 15 million British pounds. Some may argue that technology was more important, but they fail to mention that the evidence directly states that Europeans were aware of the money and was why Imperialism happened in the first place. Remnants of Imperialism could still be seen today, where the richer countries all had colonies in the past. Countries which had colonies in the past, the colonies made this countries so rich that these countries are still among the riches.