According to the excerpt, by colonizing Africa, Europeans added to the prosperity and wealth of these lands and destroyed famine and disease. The colonists also said that from their imperialism, they ended human sacrifices, slave trade, and inter-tribal war. When European imperialists colonized Africa, they did not help them as much as they thought that they did. They helped themselves more than anything. The colonists brought schools and Christianity to try and teach the Africans that their way of life was superior.
Coloniality has take various shapes and forms but it changes presences doesn’t divert from its true nature. Europe and United States influences have aimed to obliterating indigenous and African culture in Central America and the Caribbean by appropriating their lands, causing racial division, and by genocide. Colonials approached Central America and the Caribbean with a divide and conquer attitude, in terms of the racial and labor hierarchy. This kept the indigenous and black people against each other, allowing the elite to persist at the top of the hierarchy. European and U.S. appropriation of Central America and the Caribbean followed a habitual pattern of land seizure, instituting a
This influenced colonisation of North America due to the fact that population growth threatened to undermine the existing social order as the government did not know how to cope with the growing number of people and they struggled to find places for people to work without causing social disorder. It was important at this time for countries to mobilise economic resources so that all resources could be narrowly focused on a common goal, such as industrial or commercial expansion. That strength of the western European states which could be mobilised lay in conditions that permitted the growth, on the foundation of initially landlord and peasant economies, of industries, trading activities and services whose productivity was relatively high and which in favourable circumstances could originate innovations in technique or organisation or effect regular capital accumulation. The western European countries all experienced rapid population growth until the end of the 16th century. The growth of population, supported by more abundant money supply, was at the base of an economic expansion that was general during the 16th century.
The primary goal of Britain in establishing earlier settlements along the Northern coast is solely for trade. The raw materials gathered from areas in New England like Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and the Rhode Islands were processed into finished goods (“Northern Colonies”). These good were then shipped back to the colonies for profits (Brands et al, 33). Being more industrialized than the Southern counterpart, the northern colonies were well known as center for transport of natural resources such as furs and timbers (“Northern Colonies”). One of the major differences between these colonies is the role of religion (Brands et al, 39, 41 - 42).
As empires expand, they colonize other "less superior" countries, nations or cultures in efforts to add to their territory. When this expansion occurs and colonization of the population inhabiting the area begins, the colonizers forget that the population of the area are indeed human. Colonizers neglect the ideals, morals and culture of native people and force the empire's ideals, morals and culture upon them. The colonized feels helpless as they are stripped of everything their culture, and forced to worship new ideals as their own. Bonnycastle states that, "The aim of the colonizers was not only to dominate, but to eliminate everything in the lives of the natives that might have given them a sense of identity or dignity" (229).
In which they believed that plants and animals are not commodities, they are something to be respected rather than used. This ideal way of life clashed with the worldview of Europeans. Early European colonizers believed that because Native Americans were not using the vast amount of land which included forest to maximize their profits, then they were justified for colonizing North American land. This settlement led to the enslavement of people, worldwide distribution of diseases, and transfer of goods that shaped America to what it is today.
One of the biggest reasons for colonies wanted to mover north was to get away from King Edward. They wanted to have their own belief on religion. Also they wanted to follow their belief, without the government telling them that they couldn’t and the northern religion had more practice then the one they had before in British. Some of the colonies were not happy, because the British would try ways to have a better economic and that would affect the colonies. After time the British government decided to give the colonist some freedom.
Native Americans were easily conquered by Europeans because of the advantage in development Europe had. The advanced technologies developed in Europe were no match to the old and weak tools of the Americans. The written language that the natives had never truly developed kept these people in the past. And finally the dangerous and deadly diseases brought by explorers and settlers proved to be a huge weapon in winning over America. Europe became the powerful ruler of the world because of the ideas and advantages, “accidental gifts”, that they had received
One common mission the British had when coming to the America was to spread religion. They introduced Christianity the most throughout the land. Sometimes the people weren’t as accepting of the new religion and which the British would then try to force it on them, although this called many disputes. Another influence the European’s had was, they influenced slavery. It was a way to not have to pay for people to do the work or pay little to nothing and keep the majority of the profits to yourself.
Europe had colonized approximately 90% of the continent by 1914, ignoring how unjust not seeking African participation had been. African leaders had no representation during the proceedings to divide their land. With only the countries of Liberia and Ethiopia remaining independent, Europeans were at their height. The first main driving force for European imperialism in Africa was political competition. European political rivalry for Africa’s land only intensified the already tense situation, giving further reason for European countries to colonize Africa.