Essay On Native American Imperialism

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Even out of the Age of Imperialism, cultural powers in the world continue to impose their influence on weaker nations. In the 20th century the British used India’s resources for trade, several world powers colonized Africa, and Japan was forcefully Westernized. Imperialism and its perceived benefits are harrowingly outweighed by the loss of culture, sovereignty, and freedom that the colonized group faces. The British Raj was in operation for almost a century. Britain stumbled blindly upon the acquisition of India while attempting to expand their tea trading network and resources. Due to Britain’s long streak of imperialist aggression, the sense of dominion was familiar. Britain realized the benefits of controlling Indian operations and extracting …show more content…

In the late 19th century, major world powers realized how rich in resources Africa was, and quickly went about claiming pieces of it with no concern for former tribal lines and borders. In an event much like how colonial Americans went about treating the Native Americans two centuries earlier, world powers grouped together tribes which had age-old rivalries, split up the lands of whole tribes, and caused utter chaos in the lives of those who were accustomed to these boundaries. African land and its people became mere symbols of power for the country who acquired the most acreage. To the Europeans they resembled nothing but money and trade advantage. Imperial powers would come into the tribes, befriend them, offer them gifts, and then influence them to go murder other tribes. The African people naively trusted and obeyed, unknowing that they were aiding Europe to more easily monopolize Africa. African people were exploited even further and put into the slave trade, or overworked in the mines and fields of Africa where the resources were shipped away to Europe. The African people, confused and betrayed, organized militantly in an attempt at resistance. However, the damage had already been done. They had been exploited in human trafficking for hundreds of years, robbed of their natural resources and homes, pinned against one another, disrespected and

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