Imperialism in Africa DBQ


Cecil Rhodes, Confession of Faith, 1887

I contend that we [Britons] are the first race in the world, and the more of the world we inhabit, the better it is for the human race. ... It is our duty to seize every opportunity of acquiring more territory and we should keep this one idea steadily before our eyes that more territory simply means more of the Anglo-Saxon race, more of the best, the most human, most honorable race the world possesses.

Imperialism in Africa 1913


African mine workers, South Africa, 1888

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Edward Morel, The Black Man's Burden

Nor is violent physical opposition to abuse and injustice henceforth possible for the African in any part of Africa. His chances of effective resistance have been steadily dwindling with the increasing perfectibility in the killing power of modern armament.

Thus the African is really helpless against the material gods of the white man, as embodied in the trinity of imperialism, capitalistic exploitation, and militarism.


Resistance movements in Africa, 1881-1906



The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters

Images from the Congo Free State (1890s)