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Chinese ‘Sleeping Giant’ Has Awakened in Africa

July 27, 2014
Landers P. Bonenberger , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Between the 1870s and 1900, Africa faced a vast tide of European military invasions and eventual colonization. By 1900, most of Africa was divided and under the control of Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain, who were competing for position within European power politics. One way to demonstrate national preeminence was through the acquisition of territories around the world. In Africa, not only did colonization enhance the prestige of each European country on the world stage, but it also satisfied their hunger for raw materials to power industrialization as well as providing a market for their manufactured goods.

 
 

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