American Imperialism HIS204 Eric Reed July 12, 2011 American Imperialism Imperialism became a part of the world in the nineteenth century. America decided to become an imperial nation in the late nineteenth century. Imperialism was adopted because of interests in other countries. The United States became more involved with other countries due to imperialism. Imperialism was popular in America but not everyone agreed with the policy.
African Imperialism During the late 19th and 20th century, the Europeans such as the Britain’s were trying to take over more land from the Africans to expand their borders. In doing so they also grew its economy and cultures. Since Africa wasn’t modernized or politically secure at the time it was much easier for Europe to take over their land. This made it possible for the Europeans to be able to produce crops. Then soon enough different nations from Europe started to take over most of Africa.
afican for instance had slavery to be apart of their social structures . male slaves were high in demand leaving higher female populations in land to be dominate .therefore leading to the breakup of the traditional family of africa. opposing tribes found themselves at war leading to a need of higher slaves to power the growing economies . slave trading lead to the damage of the social integrity of african society . while in the americas social systems began to change .
Name: James Allam Ejidio Course: African History CHANGES AND FACTORS THAT OCCURRED AFTER THE ARRIVAL OF EUROPEANS IN AFRICA Introduction From the 17th through the 20th centuries, Europeans powers scrambled to divide Africa among themselves in a monumentous colonial movement that left lasting impressions and far-reaching consequences for Africa and the international political stage. Five major impacts of colonialism in Africa were Combat against other African, long lasting racial oppression, widespread poverty, Underdevelopment and Distortion of the traditional organization of African life. Combat against other Africans Most Europeans
Slavery was established in the British colonies of the Americas to provide a cheap abundant work source, which would reproduce ensuring many years of hard labor. The continent of Africa provided an abundance of peoples to be forced into subjugation, and Africa’s political conditions made the slave trade more important to the domestic commerce and international influence. (Pg. 49) Political leaders and merchants of the slave trade in both Europe and Africa recognized the enormous monetary gain and political advantages, encouraged by the slave trade. The slave trade was no longer monopolized by the Royal African Co., therefore opening up a new market of human trade to fuel the growth of the American colonies which was dependent on the cheap forced labor to oversee the cultivation of corps like tobacco in the United States, and Sugar cane in the Caribbean Islands and its Lesser Antilles.
Hollis) lead to an economic domination of the countries as well as economic development faster than would have happened on its own. A famous British economist, J. A. Hobson and following him, Lenin, attributed these colonial expansions of these years to new economic forces at work in the most industrialized nations of western and central Europe. This economic explanation of the urge to imperialism is usually taken to mean that the basic motives were also the basest motives and that, whatever political, religious, or more idealistic excuses might be made, the real impulse was always one of capitalistic greed for raw materials, advantageous markets, good investments, and fresh fields of exploitation. The argument or what Hobson called “the economic taproot of imperialism” was excessive capital in search of investment, and that this excessive capital came from over saving made possible by the unequal distribution of wealth.
His biggest claim was his stating of, “More than anything else it was sugar that transformed the African slave trade.” The slave trade became an extremely profitable enterprise for European nations once the sugar plantations reached the New World. Many of the New World colonies sought to buy slaves to work on the sugar plantations. It wasn't until the last third of the seventeenth century were the English involved with the slave trade and since it was their royal colonies that were buying most of the slaves they saw a new opportunity to get more money from their colonies. Once the English started to get involved it caused most European nations to war over who dominated the slave trade since it was such a profitable enterprise. pg 38-39.
European imperialism began again due to the many technological advances and increased feeling of nationalism. Many forces caused the new imperialism such as the overproduction of goods, increased pride for one’s own country, and the need to expand territory and spread Christianity. One factor of the start of imperialism was the increased supply of goods and demand for raw materials. The demand “of giant industries for colonial raw materials” increased and those who desired these raw materials publicly supported imperialism (D #1). Since these people were crucial to the economy, people tended to agree with their opinions.
The way in which people elected their leaders and representatives would change for good and create a pave way for the way in which we choose our own officials today. These are some of the few ways in which Bacon’s Rebellion has been a significant event in the history of America. One of the most important outcomes that resulted from the actions of Bacon’s Rebellion is the deterioration of the indentured servitude labor and the greater emergence of slave labor, especially from the African countries. One of the important aspect of Bacon’s Rebellion was the bad treatment of white indentured servants. The owners of these servants treated them as if they were not of “white color,” which meant that they were treated the same as African slaves.
Likewise, in Africa, the social structure changed as a result of the invading Europeans. During the slave trades, the Europeans wanted only the African males, leaving behind a significant amount of women, upsetting the gender ratio, forcing many societies to be subject to female authority. Because of this huge demand for male workers, many Africans fought wars over male slaves so their society could continue to stimulate their new found piece of the global market. Since Europe’s economy has been steady because of the control they have over the global market, not much has changed in the social pyramid of the