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The Modern World, Volume 1: Civilizations of Africa by Sarolta, Ph.D. Takacs

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Africa” with a large portion of the another. Clearly, the British continent’s landmass. E. Sharpe, Inc. All Rights Reserved. B R I T I S H CO LO N I E S I N A F R I C A 25 GREAT LIVES Cecil Rhodes Cecil Rhodes was born in Hertfordshire, England, in 1853. Because of his delicate health, his parents sent him to Natal in South Africa, hoping that the milder climate would be beneficial. There, young Cecil worked on his brother Herbert’s cotton farm. In 1871, Rhodes and his brother gave up farming and traveled to the diamond fields of Kimberley, where they staked a mining claim.

At least twenty African nations have fought long and bloody civil wars, prompted at least in part by ethnic differences and artificially imposed borders. Because of years of domination by colonial powers, Africa still struggles with issues of national identity, economics, and governance—even more than fifty years after most nations achieved independence. See also: Algeria; British Colonies; Civil Wars; Congo; Democratic Movements; Egypt; French West Africa; German Colonies; Italian Colonies; Portuguese Colonies; South Africa.

During the conference, fourteen nations negotiated the rules by which Africa was to be carved into European colonies. The rules had little to do with what was best for Africa and Africans and everything to do with preventing bloodshed among European powers as they staked out their territory. KINDS OF COLONIES AND COLONIAL ADMINISTRATIONS In general, Europeans created two different kinds of colonies in Africa—exploitation colonies and settlement colonies. The most common kind of colony in Africa was the colony of exploitation, which usually did not have a large numbers of settlers.

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