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I. "Dark" continent
a. "Dark continent"--racist terminology referred to both the peoples of Africa and their alleged ignorance
b. In reality, Africa has always had diverse groups of people with their own unique cultures and histories
i. Civilizations
ii. Languages
iii. Religions

II. Geography of Africa
a. Continent--not a country
b. Continent is three times larger than Europe
c. Northern Africa--desert
d. Mid-to-southern Africa--diverse climates and topography

III. Foreign history in Africa
a. Greeks controlled Egypt after conquest by Alexander the Great
i. Ptolemaic dynasty
b. Romans ruled all areas along the Mediterranean coastline, including northern Africa
i. Mediterranean Sea--"Roman lake"
c. Arab traders converted many Africans to Islam from the 7th century
d. Source of slaves for the Americas from the 17th century
e. But little foreign interest in the interior of sub-Saharan Africa

IV. "Opening up" of Africa a. Mid-1800s
b. Missionaries and explorers sparked foreign interest in Africa

V. David Livingstone (1813-1873) a. Scottish missionary
b. 1841-1873--lived in central Africa
i. Explored Africa
1. Named Lake Victoria after the British queen
ii. Converted many Africans to Christianity
iii. Wrote books on Africa which piqued Foreign interest
c. 1871--reported "lost"
i. "Found" by Henry Stanley
ii. "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"

VI. Henry Stanley (1841-1904) a. Welsh-American reporter
b. "Found" Dr. Livingstone in Africa
i. "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
c. Explored Africa
i. Congo River
ii. Lake Tanganyika
iii. Lake Victoria
d. Worked with Belgium’s King Leopold II and his African colonization company
i. International African Society

VII. Karl Peters (1856-1918) a. German explorer in Africa
b. Organized and propagandized for Germany's colonial expansion
i. Founded the Society for German Colonization
c. Acquired German East Africa (modern-day Tanzania)
d. Convinced Otto von Bismarck to take over German East Africa and increase Germany’s colonies in Africa

VIII. Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902) a. British businessman and politician in southern Africa
b. Made a fortune from African diamond mines
c. Established South African Company
i. Land later became Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
d. Prime minister of Cape Colony (1890-1896)
i. Wanted British control over South Africa
ii. Wanted Cape-to-Cairo Railroad
e. Architect of British imperialism in southern Africa
i. Great Britain became leading colonial power in southern Africa

IX. King Leopold of Belgium (1835-1909) a. Took over land in central Africa
b. Berlin Conference (1885)
i. Leopold's control over Congo Free State recognized by major powers
c. Belgian Congo (1908)
i. Leopold criticized for the cruelty of his rule in the Congo
ii. Leopold forced to sell Congo Free State to Belgian government
iii. Renamed Belgian Congo
d. Created European race for African colonies--"Scramble for Africa"
i. Diamonds, foodstuffs, gold, ivory, rubber

X. British in southern Africa a. 1815--British took Cape Colony from the Dutch
i. Boers moved north
1. Transvaal
a. 1886--gold discovered and British moved in
b. 1881 and 1895--British attempted to take Transvaal from the Boers
2. Orange Free State
b. Boer War (1889-1892)
i. Dutch led by President Paul Kruger
ii. British won

XI. Union of South Africa a. Created in 1910
b. Included Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Natal, and Transvaal
c. Self-government

XII. British colonies in southern Africa a. Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
i. Named for Cecil Rhodes
ii. North of Union of South Africa
b. Bechuanaland (now Botswana)
i. 1885--became a British protectorate
c. Kenya
i. 1888--became a British protectorate

XIII. British in north Africa a. Egypt--in name ruled by Ottoman Turks but largely independent
b. European capital investments
i. Suez Canal opened in 1869
1. Built by the Egyptians and French
2. Taken over by the British (1875)
a. British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
i. Bought shares in Suez Canal Company from Egypt
1. Egypt was nearly bankrupt from the expense of building the Suez Canal
ii. British government became largest shareholder

XIV. Europeans in Egypt a. 1870s--with the Egyptian government bankrupt, the British and French took over financial control of the country
i. Egyptian monarchs (technically Ottoman viceroys) ruled as puppet leaders
b. 1882--Egyptian nationalist rebellion
i. France withdrew its troops
ii. Great Britain left in control of Egypt
1. Lord Cromer introduced reforms
iii. De facto British protectorate
1. Made official in 1914
2. Independence came in 1922

XV. British in northern Africa
a. Sudan
i. Area south of Egypt
ii. Under Anglo-Egyptian control
iii. Cotton needed for British textile mills
iv. Entente Cordiale (1904)
1. Great Britain controlled Sudan
2. France controlled Morocco
b. Cape-to-Cairo Railroad
i. Idea of Cecil Rhodes
ii. Would secure Great Britain's dominance in Africa
iii. Never completed--sections missing through modern Sudan and Uganda

XVI. French in Africa
a. Algeria
i. 1830--invasion
ii. 1831--annexation
b. Tunis
i. 1881--controlled by France
1. Led Italy to join the Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary and Germany
c. Morocco
i. 1881--large part under French control
ii. 1905 and 1911--nearly sparked a European war between France and Germany
1. 1906--Algeciras Conference--Germany recognized French rights in Morocco
2. 1911--Agadir Crisis--Germany recognized French protectorate over Morocco in exchange for part of France’s territory in the Congo
a. Madagascar
i. 1896--controlled by France
b. Somaliland
i. 1880s--partly under French control
c. West Africa
i. Late 1800s--largely under French control
d. Sudan
i. 1898--met Britain's area of control and nearly went to war
ii. Entente Cordiale settled British-French disputes in Africa
e. By World War I--1914
i. France controlled 3,250,000 square miles in Africa
1. 14 times the area of France
ii. France ruled 30,000,000 Africans
1. 75% of the population of France

XVIII. Germans in Africa
a. Togoland (now Togo and Ghana)
b. Cameroons (now Cameroon and Nigeria)
c. Southwest Africa (now Namibia)
d. East Africa (now Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania)

XIX. Italians in Africa a. 1882-1896
i. Eritrea (along the Red Sea)
ii. Somaliland (along the Indian Ocean, part of today’s Somalia)
b. 1896
i. Defeated in attempt to conquer Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
c. 1912
i. Won Tripoli from Ottoman Turks

XX. Belgians in Africa
a. 1908
i. Belgium gained control of Congo (Congo Free State) from King Leopold II
ii. Leopold was infamous for the cruelty of his rule in the Congo
b. Congo Free State (today's Democratic Republic of Congo)
i. 80 times the size of Belgium
ii. Source of uranium

XXI. Portuguese in Africa a. Under "old imperialism" Portugal gained African territory and led the early trans-Atlantic African slave trade
b. Angola
c. Mozambique

XXII. Spanish in Africa a. Spain had few possessions in Africa
b. Tip of Morocco
c. Rio de Oro
d. Rio Muni

XXIII. Africans in Africa a. By the time of the First World War (1914)--only 2 independent African countries
i. Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1. Ruled by dynasty stretching back to at least the 13th century
2. Last emperor was Haile Selassie, deposed in 1974
3. Home to Ethiopian Orthodox Church (strongly tied to Egyptian Coptic Church)
ii. Liberia
1. Formed by freed slaves under auspices of the United States government

XXIV. Review questions
a. What led to the "scramble for Africa"?
b. Which European nations controlled the most land in Africa?
c. Which African nations were left independent at the time of World War I?
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