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    • European Imperialism in Africa Why did Europeans have an interest in Africa?
    • Economic
      • Africa was a new market for manufactured goods that could be sold for high prices
      • Africa was also a source of raw materials that could be manufactured
    • Military
      • European countries could now control strategic waterways in Africa, such as the Suez Canal
    • Social
      • Their was a “push” to civilize Africa with a white man’s culture through religion (Christianity), and social customs
    • Power and Prestige
      • The more territory you controlled, the more powerful your country would be
    • Positive Effects
      • European nutrition and medicine increased the life span of Africans, this led to the growth of the population
      • Europeans introduced modern transportation and communication systems, such as telegraphs, telephones, and railroads
      • A small minority of Africans received improved education and greater economic opportunities
    • Negative Effects
      • European domination led to the erosion of traditional African Values and destroyed many existing social relationships
      • African people were treated as inferior to the Europeans (ethnocentrism). They had to work long hours for little pay.
      • Europeans divided up Africa with no respect for tribal, ethnic, or cultural boundaries. These divisions have led to ongoing clashes in many African countries (tribal warfare).