Compare the impact of colonialism on Africa's and North America's current situation.
1. Africa: Negative impact
Africa is currently suffering from poverty, famine, etc
o Colonialism did not help Africa flourish into a developed country
o Pre-colonial Africa was very powerful
There were powerful Kingdoms
They had an abundance of valuable resources
Elaborate trade systems/networks
Potential to be very powerful
Many African countries are exploited for their resources:
o China exploits many African countries for their oil.
o The African countries that are exploited are the only countries that redeem
some benefit from these outside countries (such as China).
o Increased dependency on countries such as China, as these countries
promise African nations that they will help them develop…not the case.
o Corruption is occurring, primarily within the government of African
o Refer to assignment 4 about the trade among China and Africa
China promised to build railways, schools, etc and have not
In return, African nations have given China oil and other natural
o Certain countries in Africa are richer than others due this.
For example, if one compares the wealth of South Africa and
Early colonialists ventured into Africa for personal economic gain:
o Prior to colonization, Africa and Europe were trading partners
Africa was able to withstand the Europeans at this point
Africa has a good army
o Early colonialists divided and then conquered African countries
o They would wage countries into civil dispute then take over them, and put
corrupt individuals into power.
o Early colonialists believed that they were going to these countries to