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4 The Scramble for AfricaThe Scramble for Africa


6 Africa Before European Domination  Mid 1800s – African peoples divided into hundreds of ethnic & linguistic groups  Most followed traditional beliefs, some converted to Islam or Christianity  African armies had kept Europeans out of most of Africa for 400 years  By 1880 – Europe controlled only 10% of Africa  Disease, difficult rivers, specialized African trade networks = discouraged European Exploration

7 The Congo Sparks InterestThe Congo Sparks Interest  1860s – David Livingstone traveled to central Africa to spread Christianity  1871 – Henry Stanley sent to find Livingstone – found him living on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.  1879 – 1882 – Stanley signed treaties with local chiefs of the Congo river for King Leopold II of Belgium  Soon, Britain, Germany, Italy, Portugal, & Spain claimed parts of Africa  1880 – 1914 = Age of Imperialism

8 Causes for Imperialist Expansion Economic  European countries needed raw materials (IR)  Wanted places to sell new goods  Gold, Diamonds, Copper, Tin Political  Nationalism – Nations were proud to have colonies – build empires  Europeans learned to play rival groups against each other

9 Causes for Imperialist Expansion Social  Missionaries wanted to spread Christianity  Racism – Belief that the white race was superior  Social Darwinism – nations that were fittest for survival enjoyed wealth & success, were superior to other nations

10 The Partition of AfricaThe Partition of Africa  European nations began to compete for control of African nations  1884-85 – Berlin Conference – 14 European Nations met to lay down rules for the division of Africa  1 st – Nation must tell other countries about its colony  2 nd – Move people to the colony  By 1914 – only 2 countries remained independent



13 British Imperialism in India

14 Cecil RhodesCecil Rhodes “I contend that we [Britons] are the first race in the world, and the more of the world we inhabit, the better it is for the human race…It is our duty to seize every opportunity of acquiring more territory and we should keep this one idea steadily before our eyes that more territory simply means more of the Anglo-Saxon race, more of the best, the most human, most honourable race the world possesses.

15 Which country is represented by the octopus?

16 Imperialism in IndiaImperialism in India 1600s British Economic Interest Begins 1757 – East India Company defeats Indian forces – becomes leading power in India IR – India becomes major supplier of raw materials for Britain “Jewel in the crown”

17 Imperialism in IndiaImperialism in India 1800s Britain establishes railroad network in India Negative – British held political & economic power Restrictions led to famines, problems in traditions Indian life Positive – World’s 3 rd largest railroad network India developed modern economy, brought unity to connected regions Sanitation/Public health improved, etc.

18 Imperialism in IndiaImperialism in India 1857 – Sepoys (Indian soldiers) rebel Uprising spread throughout India Indians could not unite – splits between Hindus & Muslims 1858 – Mutiny failed. British government took direct command of India Fueled racism

19 Imperialism in IndiaImperialism in India Nationalist feelings start to surface. 1885 – Indian National Congress 1906 – Muslim League Conflict between India & Britain continued to develop. Some Indians call for Independence from Britain.


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