A 3 page paper outlining the course of relations of Europe and Africa, from initial inquiry to the “Middle Passage,” to colonization and eventually freedom. Virtually all sea-faring European nations took a turn at Africa. The path of decolonization followed a pattern common among colonies gaining their independence from a foreign power. Those in leadership positions initially looked to the occupying power for assistance, then for freedom and self-determination. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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began to explore the world in the late 15th century, but it was during the 16th century that they began to want to conquer it. The Europeans - and
by extension what would become the United States - had an arrogance about them that allowed them to believe that any land, inhabited or not, existed for their pleasure and
for their taking. This attitude resulted in the evolution of the United States, it turned Australia into a British penal colony and it created the tensions that led to
Britains Opium Wars with China. It turned India into a British colony. Virtually all European nations, however, took a turn at Africa.
Britain, France, Spain and Portugal claimed vast areas as colonies, following the Netherlands lead in claiming present-day South Africa. Initial Inquiry There
is little recorded or oral history of Africa as a whole before the late 15th century. European trading ships began stopping along the coastline areas in the 1500s, however,
followed soon after by the slave traders. Islam pushed westward throughout much of the medieval period and into the Renaissance. It was
in the early 18th century that the Fulani people east of present-day Sierra Leone invaded to convert the people of present-day Sierra Leone to Islam. The Fulani continued their
holy war to convert the infidels; many native to the region migrated toward the east coast of Africa in advance of invasion. All
of the leading sea-going nations of Europe could recognize what they could gain from Africa in terms of food and other goods for use at home and for use as