European Imperialism

European Imperialism

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History project on European Imperialism

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  • Imperialism in Africa
  • Why are you here? Leave my land at once!
  • I want wealth, give me your gold and diamonds!
  • Imperialism in India
  • We refuse to be in your control, leave at once!
  • As if! We need your raw materials, we're not going anywhere!
  • Imperialism in Egypt
  • I'm sorry, we do not have enough money now to repay you.
  • Well, then I insist on control over you and your canal!
  • Countries such as the Netherlands and Britain fought to imperialize Africa. This was because of the rich natural resources present in Africa such as diamonds and gold that can bring great wealth to whoever that controls it. Although many African tribes rebelled and fought back, their outdated weapons were no match for Europeans guns, and few succeeded like the Ethiopians did.
  • Imperialism in Persia
  • India was considered the "jewel in the crown" for Britain. It was considered the most valuable in Britain's colonies because India provided raw materials for Britain's factories and production. The Indian people did try to fight back with examples like the Sepoy Mutiny but were unsuccessful because the religious tension between Hindus and Muslims caused a weak unity among the Indian people.
  • Imperialism in China
  • We are not interested in your products for trade.
  • Countries like France and Britain wanted Egypt for its strategic location on the Red Sea. In order to try to prevent imperialism, the rulers of Egypt tried to modernize Egypt by actions such as modernizing its military, planting cash crops to enter the global market, and the creation of Suez Canal. Unfortunately, Egypt was unable to pay back their heavy loans on the creation of this canal, which gave the British the ability to control the canal, which eventually allowed them to occupy Egypt.
  • Imperialism in Japan
  • Vist Europe and bring back information about them we can use to modernize our country
  • Persia was also a piece of land that many countries had an interest in bringing under their spheres of influence. Its location made it valuable to European countries like Russia and Britain. The rulers of Persia sold concessions to the Europeans in hopes to increase their wealth, but the people were unhappy with this decision and unrest and turmoil began, which allowed Russia and Britain to take over Persia and split it among their spheres of influence.
  • Your Majesty! You must stop selling concessions, the people are becoming unrest!
  • When Europeans offered their new inventions and products to the Chinese, they were uninterested. In order to hook the Chinese into trading with them, the British decided to hook the Chinese into opium, starting the Opium War, which the British eventually won. The Open-Door Policy was soon established. Although China never became a colony, the country was overrun with foreign powers.
  • Well, try this opium, I'm sure you will like to trade for it.
  • Japan witnessed the power of the European militaries and was forced to sign treaties agreeing to trade with the European countries. The emperor decided to send many people to learn about the governments and militaries of the European countries. Through these actions, Japan was able to modernize itself until it was the strongest power in Asia and as modern as any European country. It even managed to gain lands of its own, such as Korea. Japan successfully avoided imperialism and remained independent.
  • Yes, Your Imperial Majesty.
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