Effects Of British Colonization In South Africa

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In the past hundreds years, the British colonized over 100 countries including South Africa. Did this leave any positive impact on the colonized country? The colonization of South Africa began long time ago in the sixteenth century. With around one hundred and seventy years of colonization, the British changed South Africa so much that it brought a bad impact to the South African people ("British Takes Control of the Cape”). These negative impacts could cost the South African people’s social life, their political government and their economy. It was due to these three important implications that affected them the most and mainly on the African people.

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Firstly of all, the British colonization brought the South African people
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The South African people lost their own government during the colonization because they were under control of the British. The British government basically controlled the whole South Africa so the people had to listen to them too. That was why the South African people couldn’t do anything when they were being enslaved. That gave the South African people a very unfair feeling because they were living in their own country but controlled by someone else. However, at the beginning when they lost their own government, the people didn’t adapt to the policy of slavery because a lot of things they couldn’t do anymore and a lot of things were new for them. Even though a lot of people didn’t like it, they had to adapt to the policy as soon as possible in order to survive. They might also not used to be controlled by the rules that the British made. For example, the punishment of the slaves were strictly controlled by the British government. One of the policy could also be, “The number of hours the slaves could be made to work was limited,” which means they had to work a lot everyday (History of Slavery and Early Colonisation in South Africa). Therefore, it brought the South African people a very bad political impact by losing its own government, not used to be controlled by the rules and not adapt to the new policy. In addition, slaves’ marriages were only allowed after 1824 when …show more content…
The South African people couldn’t have jobs because they were controlled by the British government. The British enslaved them so their jobs were basically slaves. Children in South Africa couldn’t have education unlike many kids in other countries. Elders could not enjoy the rest of their life, instead some strong ones were also enslaved so elders would also have to work. Indeed, many South Africans didn’t have the opportunities to choose to work because they were being controlled and they had no choice. The only thing they could do was listen to the British because that was the only thing that could keep them alive. British ownership was widespread in Africa to all over the world during that period of time (South Africa). In fact, South African people didn’t get local jobs to develop its own countries. Instead, most Africans were working really hard for other countries and help other countries to develop its economy. Many people were starving and that was the only way they could get food. Even though Africa was very rich in agriculture, all their materials such as fertiliser were all taken away to Europe and all the goods were imported from Europe to Africa in order to trade with other countries. The colonial economy could not function properly without the use of South African slaves’ labour (Colonization in South Africa). That all came from the hard work of South African

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