Intervention and Colonization in Africa

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INTERVENTION AND COLONIZATION IN AFRICA

CHAPTER I
EUROPEAN EXPANSION AND WORLD POLITICS

DURING the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the leading nations of the world engaged in a remarkable territorial expansion, -- an expansion with an imperialistic tendency. The age of exploration and discovery which produced a Columbus and a Cortez was reproduced again in an era which gave forth a Stanley and a King Leopold II. Africa was to be to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries what the Americas had been to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Between the years 1884 and 1900, France and Great Britain each acquired over 3,500,000 square miles of territory in the Dark Continent -- an amount equal to the whole of the United States including Alaska, -- while the Kaiser and the King of Belgium were marking out 1,000,000 and 900,000 square miles respectively for themselves.

This expansion, however, was not confined to Africa; it spread to Central Asia, to the Far East, to the Philippines and the distant isles of the Pacific. There was an intimate connection running through the whole movement; and the activities of Russia in Turkestan and Manchuria, of France in the Sudan and Madagascar, of England in Nigeria and South Africa, and of Germany in East Africa and Samoa,

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