Western African colonies had good trade routes, was controlled by the French and a small bit was controlled by Britain, had gold, and was located near the Niger River.
The Northeastern colonies of Africa had sea trade routes, the suez canal, cotton, financial problems, was muslim, had the nile river, and was German, British, and French.
The Southern colonies of Africa had many minerals, diamonds, and was Dutch/British. They lost in a war Africa vs. Britain and lost, which is how they became ruled by Britain in the first place.
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