European Imperialism In South Africa

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Starting in the 1870 's, European countries began colonizing different areas of the world. Industrialization encouraged European nations to abide other countries for resources, such as Africa. They wanted more resources to fuel their industrial production. Many nations look towards Africa as resource because it had raw materials and was a great marketplace for industrial products. Slowly during the 19th and 20th centuries, many Europeans raced to gain the vast areas of Africa to obtain resources such as, gold and diamonds. As a result this brought imperialism, which seizes control of a country or territory of a superior country. In the mid- 1800s, most Africans contented traditional beliefs, while others converted to Islam or Christianity. …show more content…
For instance, in South Africa many European had an impact on the African people. Although African lands seemed empty to the Europeans, various ethnic groups had settled within the areas(776). In the late 1700s to the late 1800s, a series of war between the South Africa and European took place. Many ethnic groups fell victim to the invasion of Europeans, such as in Nigeria, but Africans across the continent resisted European attempts to colonize their lands(782). However, the African states were never a match to comprehend the superiority of the European armies. Europeans were often surprised by the African military abilities, but in the end they ultimately failed in part of the modern armament; which as a result many Africans were either killed in battle or captured to go to cone traction camps. This shows that because imperialism bring along nations, such as France or England, African entities has to engage in war and ultimately die in the end because they were not well prepared for an invasion. Without these nations adopting the methods of imperialism; many African lives would have been saved because they would not have to go into wars against the European invaders. In 1860s and 1880s. Diamonds were discovered in Southern Africa, as a result, many interlopers attempted to obtain them. This soon resulted in the Boer War or known as the South African War. This war was between the British and the Boers, which black South Africans were involved in it too. Some Africans fought; others served as scouts, frauds, drivers, and workers(778). Many of which died during the war or captured and placed in concentration camps, where 14,000 died. This illustrates how imperialism, not only affected the lives of African individuals, but took it has well; because of imperialism many Africans died

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