The Rise of Imperialism In Africa
Imagine living in a time where colonists sat around the tables at the Berlin Conference to discuss how European countries conquered Africa. During the late 19 Century, European nations traded for slaves, gold and ivory along the West Coast of Africa. The main driving forces behind European Imperialism in Africa were economical and resources.
Even though nationalism and cultural both played a large part in Europe’s Imperialism over Africa, the most significant cause was their desire for huge economic resources. The map in (Doc.A) proves that European countries wanted to control as much territory as possible to be able to own a variety of resources. They tried to seized countries closer to the waterways and stations of transportation in order to be able to exports these riches back to Europe. This evidence suggests that there was arose as rival countries tried to prevent trading resources, for they wanted the profit for themselves. Moreover, (Doc.D) shows a chart describing certain African colonies and their exports showed that there were many resources exported from Africa back to Europe, including cotton, palm oil,gold,diamonds, and sisal from four different colonies. These resources were used to manufacture a variety of items such as fabric,soap, and jewelry. Given the evidence, it is logical that the Europeans were able to find many resources that were valuable to them in Africa and sent back to their home countries in Europe, in which free trade played a significant role. In conclusion, the motivation of European Imperialism in Africa was driven forcefully by economic reasons. It was clear that Africa had great resource Europeans Colonist could use and they took advantage of it.
It has been argued that technology would be better for colonies to focused on.According to (Doc.C) it states that the maxim gun helped the European armies get an advantage over African armies because of their technology development. This evidence proves that without their technology advancement Europeans wouldn’t have pushed their way into the interiors of western and central Africa. However, this argument fails to consider because without their manufacturing their technology wouldn't have been power. Although this argument is valid on many points, what it fails to overlook is without the wealth from resources exported, technology wouldn’t have been driven without economic.
In conclusion, the main driving force behind Imperialism was Economics. The Europeans colonists did it for the good of themselves, without thinking of the Africans real needs. Europeans benefited greatly from their new wealth and power. Without Economic, Europeans would have colonized Africa. The money and resources also wouldn’t be available to them.
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