The Impact Of European Imperialism In Africa

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European involvement in Africa was unbeatably imperialism. Once can be so certain of this due to the manner in which Europe interacted with the African people and their endowed resources. This profound interaction can definitely be described as imperialism especially because European powers created an incredibly disparate economic situation in Africa through striking fear into African lives—making them obey by force, or die. Although European powers reasoned their motives in intervening in Africa by describing the Three Cs (spreading Christianity, commerce, and civilization). The Three Cs were drawn up at this time during the Belgium Conference in 1876 that was established in order to coordinate African division. Although their
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For this reason, the selfish European imperialists forever altered the course of Africa’s history by establishing borders based on rivers. Due to these hurried moves, ethnic groups that fundamentally disagree (take the Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda, for example) are placed within the same border. As a result, violence will erupt. Likewise, ethnic groups also had the opportunity to have been split by borders—separating families and tribes. Due to the hurried and selfish separation of Africa, Europe forever changed the continent’s history. Nonetheless, the government of Amwabique faces similar issues today as 13 ethnic groups inhabit the country. With so many groups, differences are certain to be present. Similar to differences between the Tutsi and Hutu groups in Rwanda, violence is certain to spur if action is not taken to ensure the equal treatment of ethnic groups in the country. In Rwanda, the Tutsi minority historically had control of the government, and because of that, led a better life than their Hutu counterparts, who were often farmers. Nonetheless, the Hutu assumed power and violence broke out after the Hutu president’s plane was shot down. Within 100 days, up to 1,000,000 people died in a bloody and …show more content…
I believe that this is due to the manner in which the European powers left. Instead of teaching the Africans how to properly run a government, an economy, and how to effectively harness and utilize natural resources, the Europeans simply packed up and left the Africans. As a result of having multitudes of natural resources and not knowing what to do with them, in addition to not having proper knowledge on how to lead a government, the countries of Africa faced decades of economic hardship. Nonetheless, with the knowledge of the value of natural resources such as minerals, coals, and more, the struggle to gain control of these goods for money exponentially grew. Due to this, people struggled for power. In South Africa, for example, the white minority executed power under apartheid, a system that separated whites from other South African groups. As a result, the whites maintained power, and more importantly, retained the wealth that South Africa had to offer. As a result, the whites became richer, and the other groups became poorer. Despite the end of apartheid, South Africa still has one of the highest income inequality gaps in the world today, showing that the effects of imperialism still plague Africa. I believe poverty is so prevalent throughout Africa because of the lack of education. If people knew how to properly run a government and maintain a meaningful

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