Imperialism: The Scramble for Africa

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Scramble for Africa

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Understanding the struggles of modern Africa requires an in-depth knowledge of the era known as the Scramble for Africa. The impact that Europeans had on the development of African regions they colonized was far-reaching and extremely damaging. In this activity, students will create a timeline that explains how European nations came to dominate Africa by 1914.

The timeline should address issues and subjects like:

  • David Livingstone
  • The Belgian Congo
  • European advantages
  • African resistance movements, especially in Ethiopia
  • The Berlin Conference

Extension

Students can create an additional timeline that describes the independence movements in Africa in the 1950s and 1960s. A specific focus on the Congo and Patrice Lumumba would provide a good bookend to the story of Imperialism in Africa. This will allow students to have a greater understanding of the effects of imperialism and the actions taken to overcome the damages.


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Create a timeline detailing the major events and actions taken during the scramble for Africa.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify important events and actions and type them into the titles of each cell.
  3. Describe each event and action in the description box.
  4. Create an illustration using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.
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