DISCOURSE ON COLONIALISM
Cesairé explains that Europeans de-civilized themselves-they were the barbarians; responsible for the torture, race, hatred, material, and social disasters the third world faced. Because of racist colonial powers and their inhumane acts against the Africans, it pulled “the master class deeper and deeper into the abyss of barbarianism” (p. 8-9). On what European colonization has done to Africa: “It has undermined civilizations, destroyed countries, ruined nationalities, extirpated the root of diversity” (p. 76). Colonialism seeks to dehumanize the African; wipe out their traditions, substitute their language, etc. DISCOURSE ON COLONIALISM
The Scramble for Africa is marked by much of the continent forced under European colonial rule. Britain produced the cheapest European manufactured goods in the largest quantity and promoted free trade in Africa, thus British domination of African trade. Their position as the largest industrial nation in the world became challenged by trading rivals , i.e. France, and later Germany who realized that success in trade would be to establish colonies or territories in Africa. What also prompted the ‘scramble’ was the belief that Africa had an abundance in wealth and raw materials yet to be excavated and explored. WHY THE SCRAMBLE?
COLONIAL MAP OF AFRICA
Colonies exploited and played on long-lasting traditional rivalries of African groups and states. “United we stand, divided we fall.”
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