The reasons for this had to do with various geographical and environmental challenges which were severe enough to curtail most European endeavours to penetrate the Dark Continent despite its physical proximity. Asia and the Americas appeared to offer more lucrative economic opportunities in more benign conditions. The Doldrums beneath West Africa became notoriously difficult to navigate through safely.
In seizing the diamond fields inthe British had swept aside many Boer land claims. Infearing a collapse of the South African Republic in the face of defeat by a Pedi army, the British had formally annexed the Boer state, as the Transvaal.
They then set about destroying the Pedi to obtain laborers for the Kimberley mines, and they completed the task in Inhowever, the Transvaalers rose, and at the Battle of Majuba Hill inthey defeated a British army.
The British then withdrew, leaving the Boers victorious in what they would later call their First War of Independence. The discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand greatly increased Boer-British tensions. Here was vast mineral wealth beyond British control.
Moreover, the president of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger, attempted to lessen his state's long-term dependence on Cape merchants by developing a rail link to Portuguese East Africa.
Such a link threatened British commercial interests and revived old fears of the Boers' gaining direct access to the sea and thus to other European powers.
At the same time, the mine owners were, without exception, English speakers who exhibited no loyalty to the South African Republic and who did not seek to reinvest their gold profits in the local community.
Indeed, they complained bitterly about all attempts to tax the gold industry. These economic tensions lay at the base of a political issue: With the rise of the gold industry and the growth of Johannesburg, the South African Republic had been inundated by so many English-speaking immigrants called uitlanders by the Boersmost of them skilled mine workers, that by the s they constituted a majority of the white male population.
The state's constitution limited the vote to males who had lived in the South African Republic for at least seven years, and Kruger feared that expanding the franchise would only enable mine owners to manipulate their workers and to thereby win political power.
British mine owners and officials constantly decried Kruger's refusal to extend the franchise. Rhodes hoped that the uitlanders would rise and join the invaders to help overthrow Kruger's government.
The invasion, however, was a fiasco: Boer commandos disarmed Jameson and his men with little resistance, and the uitlanders took no action. Rhodes resigned the premiership of the Cape Colony in disgrace.
The British government denied having advance knowledge of the invasion and claimed that it had no expansionist plans of its own. Distrusting the mine owners and the British government, Kruger sought to build his country's strength. He engaged in diplomatic relations with Germany, imported arms from Europe, and continued to deny the vote to uitlanders.
He also cemented relations with the Orange Free State and sought support from Dutch speakers in the Cape. In these endeavors, he was assisted by a growing sense of Afrikaner identity that had developed in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
This nationalistic identity had emerged clearly in the early s, after the victory of Majuba Hill, when S. Du Toit had gone on to found a political party in the Cape, the Afrikanerbond, to represent the interests of Dutch speakers.
The Jameson Raid and anti-Boer sentiments expressed by gold magnates and British officials further cemented an Afrikaner sense of distinctiveness, which in the s reached across political boundaries to include Dutch speakers in the Cape and the citizens of the Orange Free State as well as the Transvaalers.
Rhodes, together with his fellow gold mining magnates and the British government in the persons of Joseph Chamberlain, secretary of state for the colonies, and Alfred Milner, high commissioner in South Africacontinued to denounce Kruger and his government.
Rhodes and his peers called attention to what they considered rampant official corruption while also complaining that taxes were too high and that black labor was too expensive because of perceived favoritism by the government regarding the labor needs of Afrikaner farmers.
Chamberlain had concluded by the second half of the s that the British needed to take direct action to contain Afrikaner power, and he had at first used diplomatic channels to pressure Kruger, although with little success. Milner pointed out what he considered the appalling condition of British subjects in the South African Republic, where, without the vote, they were, he argued, "kept permanently in the position of helots.
At the same time, Chamberlain sent troop reinforcements from Britain to the Cape. Kruger, certain that the British were bent on war, took the initiative and, allied with the Orange Free State, declared war on the British in October The South African War The South African Warfought by the British to establish their hegemony in South Africa and by the Afrikaners to defend their autonomy, lasted three years and caused enormous suffering.
Ninety thousand Afrikaners fought against a British army that eventually approachedmen, most from Britain but including large numbers of volunteers also from Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Approximately 30, Africans were also employed as soldiers by the British, while thousands more labored as transport workers.
Kruger's forces, taking advantage of initial superiority in numbers before the British regulars arrived and of surprise, won a number of victories at the beginning of the war. Resistance continued, however, in the countryside, where the Boers fought a ferocious guerrilla war.
The British ultimately succeeded in breaking this resistance, but only by adopting a scorched-earth policy. In andthe British torched more than 30, farms in the South African Republic and the Orange Free State and placed all the Afrikaner women and children in concentration camps, where, because of overcrowding and unsanitary conditions, more than 25, perished.British Imperialism in Africa Katie Douglas Efgen Efrem Rachel Liff Background Between and , Africa went from complete independence to near-complete colonial domination.
The British Empire in Africa. Africa and the British Empire. Ends Of British Imperialism: The Scramble for Empire, Suez and Decolonisation by Wm Roger Louis.
Imperialism was the key word of the s, just as Home Rule had been in the critical decade of the s, and the cause of empire was associated not merely with the economic interests of businessmen looking for materials and markets and the. Origins of the British Empire. Great Britain made its first tentative efforts to establish overseas settlements in the 16th century. The British Empire in Africa. Africa and the British Empire. Ends Of British Imperialism: The Scramble for Empire, Suez and Decolonisation by Wm Roger Louis. Agricultural Revolution in Africa by Lowe, Dr. R. G. Africa Emergent: A Survey of Social, Political and Economic Trends in British Africa. Motives for British Imperialism in Africa Words | 23 Pages. Motives for British Imperialism in Africa Before the Europeans began the New Imperialism in Africa, very little was known about the inner parts of the continent.
Agricultural Revolution in Africa by Lowe, Dr. R. G. Africa Emergent: A Survey of Social, Political and Economic Trends in British Africa.
Video: Effects of Imperialism in Africa Between the s and the first decades of the 20th century, Europeans imposed their control over most of Africa. Learn about this 'Scramble for Africa' and.
The primary motive of British imperialism in China in the nineteenth century was economic. There was a high demand for Chinese tea, silk and porcelain in the British market. However, Britain did not possess sufficient silver to trade with the Qing Empire. Video: Effects of Imperialism in Africa Between the s and the first decades of the 20th century, Europeans imposed their control over most of Africa. Learn about this 'Scramble for Africa' and. Imperialism was the key word of the s, just as Home Rule had been in the critical decade of the s, and the cause of empire was associated not merely with the economic interests of businessmen looking for materials and markets and the. Origins of the British Empire. Great Britain made its first tentative efforts to establish overseas settlements in the 16th century.
The Colonization of Africa and commercial factors and contentions that led to the military conflicts and organized African resistance to European imperialism. African military resistance took two main forms: guerrilla warfare and direct military engagement.
The British colonizers, unfamiliar with these novel and unique political systems. The Scramble for Africa was the occupation, division, and colonization of African territory by European powers during the period of New Imperialism, between and It is also called the Partition of Africa and by some the Conquest of Africa.
Diamonds, gold, and imperialist intervention (–) South Africa experienced a transformation between , when the diamond rush to Kimberley began, and , when the South African .