European Imperialism In The 19th Century

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There are many motives for which the Europeans pursued imperialism in the 19th century, either for national prestige and glory, social Darwinism or even the White Man’s Burden. However the motive for which is most importantly noted for is profit from trade of materials and slaves from the new colonies of the European Empires. The colonizers traded slaves from Africa to the Americas and gained access to raw materials spread all throughout Africa. Europeans began conquering Africa and Asian in the early 16th century. Portugal was the 1st country to colonize. However, The New Imperialism did not start until the 3rd quarter of the 19th century. John Hobson said “we must have markets for our growing manufactures… a natural expansion of commerce with continental nations and our colonies, all of which were far behind us in the main arts of manufacture and the carrying trades” (View points of Imperialism), traders supported Imperialism for their own gain. “The…show more content…
“American factories are making more than American people can use… We will establish trading posts throughout the world as points for American products” (excerpt by Senator A. J. Beveridge) once the Americans have a high position in the trading business they try to establish trading posts and become the major importer of goods world wide. In the regions of Africa there was a large amount of a variety of materials, ranging from iron, rubber, and tin. These vital products led to advancements in the industrialization of Europe. Iron was used to make steel which was a stronger and lighter metal; this increasingly helped the improvement of machinery. In New Imperialism the seeking for more raw materials wasn’t their main goal, the Europeans wanted to sell their products Asian foreigners. There was then a scramble for colonies in Asia, for the reason that Colonizers needed more territory than other nations in which to
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