They saw the easy profit they could get by selling slaves to the European traders and it became their focus. Indeed, they provided protection for the slave traders so they could maintain their access to luxury items like textiles, hardware, tobacco, and liquor that were better than the locally produced goods. “The evolution and immersion of the transatlantic slave trade not only strengthened capitalism for individuals and their countries, but in turn it weakened Africa and Jamaica by making it dependent economically on outside nations.” The Slave Trade in Africa set them [Africa] on an export based society, which weakened them because they never had the chance to cultivate their own economic growth. The African nations became reliant on Europeans for finished goods. It is very analogous to the situation in the Middle East today, where the economies are linked to oil and undiversified.
One of the most controversial of these is the impact its’ invention had on slavery in America. Instead of slavery becoming obsolete which was the inspiration behind this invention, the cotton gin actually contributed to a massive explosion in the growth of slavery. Whitney thought his invention would decrease the labor involved in production of cotton which in turn would decrease the need for slaves. However, the cotton gin just changed how slaves were used in the production of cotton and did not decrease their need. The cotton gin increased cotton productivity which increased profits for farmers.
Despite the negative impacts of industrialization, such as pollution and the poor living conditions people suffered in slums, there were many overall successes. Certain successes would include an improvement in the economy, transportation, and the government. On one hand, there are many reasons the industrial revolution can be considered a mostly negative development. It created terrible living conditions for working class people. They lived
Political reasons were so that they could obtain power and economically, they wanted to make money through trade and new businesses. Moreover, Europeans ruled West Africa,
The New Imperialism in Africa was an expansion on Africa by Europe that was motivated by profit and prestige. One of the most famous Imperialists during the time was Cecil Rhodes. He said that “[Britain] must find new lands from which [it] can easily obtain raw materials and at the same time exploit cheap slave labor that is available from the natives of the colonies.” (Document 3) Along with Rhodes, there were various other imperialists that strongly believed Britain and Europe as a whole was the most powerful force in the world and that therefore they alone had the right to “geopolitical dominance” (Document 5) “The White Man’s Burden” was what justified the European actions in Africa. The origin of this ideology came from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The White Man’s Burden” (Document 6). The Europeans believed that it was their duty and burden to “civilize” the African natives.
Economic were more of a driving force because they were in need for natural resources for them to improve technology and their nation. Europeans wanted African resources like rubber and oil.They also wanted to create new markets for their goods that would lead them to great wealth for their nation. Several European industries benefited from African resources. Cotton, rubber, oil, zinc , coffee, gold, diamonds, peanuts, bananas, cocoa, sisal, ivory and gum were exported(Doc D). Out of all these resources they made lots of products and made money off of it.
Two events that were caused by imperialism was World War One and the invasion of Africa. Overall, imperialism causes a copious number of issues in society that took place in the past and still take place in today 's world. To start with, a few major causes of imperialism are economics, exploration, ethnocentrism, politics, and religion. Economics prompted imperialism due to countries pursuing benefits to improve their economies. Economic benefits mean having control of markets, raw material, and natural resources.
The ability to trade gave many colonies the hope to have a stand as a wealthy and powerful community. They were able to make allies, to have a wider knowledge of what once worth was. New economic trends like open markets, private, and black markets were soon enough the base of where business revolved. Inflation was another side to the capitalist economy that was when there was a higher number of goods it was then worth less, in contrast when there was a higher demand for the items merchants could easily change the price of its worth. As the economy was flourishing, voyages were also more and more possible.
According to the theory, this is a natural process that should occur. It is significant because it was rationalization for imperialism. Europeans believed that it was right for them to take over African countries because they were stronger. “The Dark Continent” - What Africa was referred to because of the lack of information about it, the ignorance, and the skin tone. It is significant because it sparked an interest for explorers to find out more about Africa Berlin Conference - The European powers literally divided Africa up between themselves.
The next advancement created by the Europeans was the imperialism across Africa. Many different countries started to invade Africa without regards of the of the Africans, for their own benefit and it spread so many negative effects to the African people. The final reason that shows how the negative effects of industrialization and imperialism were far greater than the positive ones, is how many of the outcomes are still visible and occurring today. The Industrial Revolution was a time of new inventions and methods of production, such as factory work. The results of industrialism led to many positive, such as the many new advancements, and negative effects, including the hardships and burdens placed on the people, but the hardships the people gained outweighed the positive effects.