The Importance Of Imperialism In Africa

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Europe’s imperial ambition that resulted in many deaths, corrupted states, famines and genocides

During approximately the 1860’s the competitive Western Nations were in desperate need of domination and therefore started the expansion of their territories overseas. On account of the fact that they finally gained the essential privileges and advantages for a “successful” colonisation, for instance steamships, weapons and quinine medicine, they decided to place their countries’ individual interests in front of the importance of several nations’ futures.

In the end of the 19th century (in 1870s) more than 10% of the African territory, mostly around the coastal lines, was controlled by the power-hungry colonial powers who saw this domination as a symbol of prestige and authority of their own nation. Less than 30 years later the possessions of European countries in Africa have already made as much as 90,4% of the continent. The Imperialistic division of the African continent was The scramble of Africa, committed by the Western Countries. completed after The Berlin Conference of 1884–85 which “allowed European diplomats to draw lines on maps and carve Africa into colonies”.

At this time Europeans had very limited knowledge about the local conditions, as a clear proof of this we may take a closer look at Lord Salisbury’s, British Prime Minister, 1885-1892 and 1895-1902 who stated the following:

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