Essay about The French Minister Of Public Instruction

956 Words Oct 16th, 2015 4 Pages
During the time frame between 1500 and 1850, European countries dominated the accumulation of territories and their raw resources, which stimulated their economies through new and diverse trade options. In addition to radically enhancing formerly stagnant economies, expansion and trade paved the way for political upheaval, global interaction and cultural restructuring. Although not articulated until much later, European countries ascertained land and resources in order to fulfill what Jules Ferry, the French Minister of Public Instruction, described as a “civilizing mission”. “Superior races have a right, because they have a duty. They have the duty to civilize the inferior races”. This duty involves spreading Christianity, re-structuring foreign lands and customs that differ from the West and increasing production in all conquered lands (Strayer 564). The age of European discovery promoted the desire for economic development through conquest. This process can be studied initially by identifying the role of the Portuguese in the Southeast Asia spice trade in the 16th century. Later, it can be portrayed in the subjugation of Africa during the 16th and 17th centuries. The final stage of this process can be perceived in the novelty and the conquest of the Americas. As early as the 15th century and continuing into the 17th century, Portugal began establishing itself as a commercial empire. Vasco de Gama, along with his successors, initially discovered the vibrant world of…

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