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Why did countries want Africa?

Why did countries want Africa?

The reasons for African colonisation were mainly economic, political and religious. During this time of colonisation, an economic depression was occurring in Europe, and powerful countries such as Germany, France, and Great Britain, were losing money.

Why were imperialists interested in Africa?

Imperialist ambitions in Africa were boosted by the expansion of competitive trade in Europe. The main aim was to secure commercial and trade links with African societies and protect those links from other European competitors. West Africa was particularly important for the development of industries in Europe.

Why were the British interested in Africa?

The British wanted to control South Africa because it was one of the trade routes to India. However, when gold and diamonds were discovered in the 1860s-1880s their interest in the region increased. British rule made their country increasingly a country of industry and business.

Why were European countries interested in West Africa and North Africa?

Why were European countries interested in West Africa and North Africa? Both regions were sought because of their raw materials and products: peanuts, timber hides, and palm oil. Why did European countries compete for colonies in Central and East Africa?

When did the Europeans start to colonize Africa?

The 1880s mark the beginning of the colonial period in African history. While Europeans and Africans had established relationships in a variety of settings for centuries, the 1880s mark a major turning point in European attitudes toward Africa. Three primary developments explain increased European involvement in Africa.

How did the Europeans make money in Africa?

Several European industries benefited from African resources. Cotton, rubber, oil, zinc , coffee, gold, diamonds, peanuts, bananas, cocoa, sisal, ivory and gum were exported (Doc D). Out of all these resources they made lots of products and made money off of it.

Why did France want to establish colonies in Africa?

Unlike Great Britain or Germany, no discernible economic benefit was to be gained from African colonies for France. Hence, Brunschwig believed that France was most concerned with prestige. It wanted to be seen as a big player on the global scene, therefore the need for colonies.