Emill Pelaez 11/22/2010 Mr. Thompson Essay
European imperialism had a negative effect on the African and Asia people they conquered and dominated. During the late 1800s, newly industrialized European nations such as Britain and France conquered and controlled vast areas and people across Africa and Asia. These European nations went to Africa and Asia to exploit the land and people for profit and own needs. Many Europeans believed that they were helping their subjects by teaching them how to become modern nations in reality the “civilizing mission” was only an illusion to cover up the real motives of the conquerors.
In 1884, European officials meet at the Berlin Conference to settle rival land claims in Africa. No Africans are invited. The conference took place not in Africa but in Berlin, Germany. At the Berlin Conference, European powers recognized Leopold’s private claims to the Congo Free State but called for free trade on the Congo and Niger rivers. Leopold and other wealthy Belgians, exploit the riches of the Congo, including its copper, rubber, and ivory. The Africans of the Congo were forced to work for almost nothing; laborers were savagely beaten or mutilated. They were often oppress, abuse and in some cases they were kill.
The White Man’s Burden is a poem by Rudyard Kipling in 1899, the view of the poem is that, white people consequently have an obligation to rule over, and encourage the cultural development of people from other ethnic and...