African American Imperialism Dbq Analysis

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European Imperialism started in Africa as early as the 1500s, beginning with the slave trade, coastal outposts and colonies. Eventually it became something different as the European powers each sought to have their own piece of land in Africa. Throughout the years, Africa was affected positively and negatively through social and economic elements. The African people were forced to change in ways that made them “better,” or more modern, and tourism began growing, but there were also views and attitudes of some Europeans as being “superior races.”

Africans were also affected economically because of colonies becoming linked through railroads, the forced advancement of society, and through the expansion of territories. Through the African perspective,
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There were plans underway during that time for Britain to build a railway from Cape Town to Cairo (Doc 5). Connecting a railway from Southern to Northern Africa would have linked all of the British colonies together, making it easy for trade and travel to occur. They indigenous people also became more modernized through the Germans. A German soldier said, “They must first learn what we ourselves have discovered,–to stem water and to make wells, to dig and to plant corn, to build houses and to weave clothing” (Doc 7). With more skills and access to things they can trade, a community can become more financially secure and more connected with the rest of the European world. The map of Africa shows the lands each nation has taken for their own. Through the map, it shows the power of Britain because it has the majority of the lands and it only keeps the lands as protectorates (Doc …show more content…
Some effects that were beneficial to Africa included the changes to make them “better,” or more modern, the railways being constructed, the forced advancement of society, and the expansion of territories. Some of the negative effects included the new tourism industry, the views and attitudes of some Europeans, the slave trade and how they were treated when trying to get help reclaiming their land. The documents provided provided much information, but an extra resource that would have been nice was a point from view from an African chief that worked with the

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