European Colonialism In Africa

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2. One of the key impact/effects of the European colonial rule in Africa was the integration of African economies into a global capitalist economy. Drawing from your textbook and discussions, explore the transformations of the African economy during the colonial rule. Be sure to discuss such sectors as agriculture, transportation, mining and labor. The systematic expansion of the Europeans which involves the control of territory and people across the world is what is known as “colonialism”. Although colonialism did not take its root in Africa as it dates back to the 16th century, but Africa was the last wave of colonialism. This European expansion in Africa had occasioned a scramble at the Berlin Conference of 1885 and was not the first of its kind European expansion so it was not really as if it took the people of Africa by surprise. The coming of the Europeans to Africa in 1880 was not the first time as they had acquired some level of influence in various ways through settlement, exploration, establishment of commercial post, missionary settlements, and occupation of strategic areas and opposition to slave trade. The impact of the European Colonial rule led to the witnessing of desperation and hunger for enlarging markets by the European powers due to the then heavy tussle for economic power, influence and dominance of Europe. This worldwide shift to greater reliance on the market in the management of economic affairs, and what many call the ‘retreat of the state” are
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