The "New Imperialism"
Taco24 on 05/03/2008
|Background-Prior to the 19th century, European countries did not usually acquire territory in Africa and Asia but rather built a series of trading stations. For example, Portugal established a series of trading posts along the west coast of Africa, India and Indonesia. This was done in the name of the spice trade. In addition, the Portuguese were the first to establish the African slave trade in the New World. The Dutch were active in Indonesia and Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The New World was the exception. Here, the French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese established vast colonies.|
In the 19th century, drastic changes caused by the Industrial Revolution and other factors literally turned the world upside down. For example, in 1800, Europeans controlled around 7% of the world’s surface. By 1914, they controlled 84% of the world’s surface. This quiz covers information on the causes of this “New Imperialism”, as well as some of the major events and people of that era. As always, good luck!
Sources: My Notes
Image: Queen Victoria
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