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Why did the British Empire colonize Kenya in 1895? 

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rosannalilly80 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:53 PM via web

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Why did the British Empire colonize Kenya in 1895? 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 21, 2012 at 8:04 PM (Answer #1)

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There are a number of reasons why the British colonized Kenya.  In general, though, they are the same types of reasons that the British had for most of their colonization.  The British colonized Kenya for economic considerations and for increased power.

The British saw Kenya as a potential source of wealth.  It had raw materials like ivory.  It also had areas that seemed to have the right sort of climate and soil for European settlement and farming.  These sorts of economic factors made it attractive.

The British also saw colonizing Kenya as a way to get more power.  They felt it would give them more prestige in their competition with other European powers.  They also thought it might provide more security for their hold on the Nile (which was important because it dominated Egypt).

In these ways, the British colonized Kenya for reasons of economics and of power.

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