The Opium Wars Contributed On The Creation Of Imperialism Essay

2392 Words Jun 6th, 2015 10 Pages
1. The Opium Wars contributed to the creation of Imperialism greatly. Right before the first war, Chinese leaders were trying to purge themselves of the drug making Europeans upset. They believed they had the right to trade with whomever they wanted which led to fighting. British beat the Chinese and with the Treaty of Nanking got trading privileges, and access to five cities and Hong Kong, controlling trade. After the second war, other countries thought they should have the same rights and economic advantages. By the end of the 19th century, many different countries laid claim to certain industries within China. Leopold II also contributed to the urged a group of his own Belgians to pursue the inlands of Africa because of the fertile valleys. That eventually led to treaties with local leaders in the Congo to open up their lands to commercial exploitation. This all happened during what is known as the “Scramble for Africa”, where many countries were fighting for land. The Berlin Conference of 1884 allowed Europeans to take further steps in dividing and conquering the land of Africa. Germany joined the scramble and took over Cameroon and modern day Tanzania. Other countries were making advances symbolized by the goal to get a Cape-to-Cairo railway. (Words 208)

2. The Monroe Doctrine was a document declaring that European meddling in the Americas would be seen as a threat and that would cause the United States to intervene on their behalf. However, the U.S. could not really…

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