European Imperialism in Africa
As a whole, Africa was ruined by the Europeans’ greed during the early 1900’s. The European countries were very strong nationalists and they came together and decided to show their superiority by imperializing other continents and countries rather than fight with each other. They chose Africa as the best place to imperialize because of its natural resources and availability. This is what introduced the Berlin Conference. At this meeting, representatives from Great Britain, France, and other strong European players divided up Africa. There was a total disregard of the native people and each country just took what they wanted. The Africans had to work long days with little pay. European imperialism caused the African natives to fall into poverty and the working conditions were horrible. To cover this up, the Europeans educated the people and introduced them to industrial things and instruments. The European imperialism devastated the African people along with their land and tried unsuccessfully to justify it using education and industrialization.
While working for the explorers, the people of Africa had little pay. Their livestock and farms were used and they lost a lot of value. In an excerpt from Ndansi Kumalo’s memoir, the author states, “We get hardly any price for our cattle; we find it hard to meet our money obligations. If we have crops to spare we get little for them,” (Document 1). When these farms were used, they did not earn much money for their crops or cattle and that was not fair. It was hard for the colonized people to make ends meet and this is all due to the Europeans taking advantage of the African people and their lands.
During the European imperialism in Africa, many people died. They worked long and hard days of grueling work for almost nothing. They had to work without food and many starved out in the forest working. A refugee from the rubber-producing regions described in an interview the terrible...
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