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Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism

Lesson C: European Division of the African Continent

Activity 3: Interactions with Africa

Now that you have had a chance to review the motives for imperialism, let us learn about how Africa was "divided" among major European powers.

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Map Showing European Claims in Africa in 1822 [1]

As you have learned, Europeans have had a long history of interacting with Africa. As you can see from this map, Europeans were mainly interested in land along the coast, primarily to use for trade ports and resupply stations for their ships. Prior to the late 19th century, Europeans were slow to claim more than the exterior ports of Africa. By the late 19th century, this changed.


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Presentation Activity - Interactions with Africa

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When you are ready, select the play button to learn about the history of Europeans' Interactions with Africa.

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Interactive IconDirections: Read each definition and then drag the correct term next to it. Use the buttons provided to check the latest move or, when you are done, check the whole question.


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[1] Source: This image from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/archive/7/7d/20110123214414!Colonisation_1822.png has been released into the public domain by its author, Andrei Nacu.