How did Europeans try to justify their actions in Africa?

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The Europeans developed a number of justifications for their interventions and annexations in Africa. One of the oldest of these was the perceived need to spread Christianity in the region so as to undermine native belief systems that were viewed as “pagan” and “heathen.” One of the most famous episodes of this period (i.e. the 19th century) was British reporter Henry Stanley’s search for Dr. David Livingstone, who had disappeared in central Africa while establishing Christian missions in the area. Related to the desire to spread Christianity was the campaign to end slavery, which was still common in many regions of Africa.

Another justification, especially amongst the French and Belgians, was the spread of “civilization” to what were seen as primitive, barbaric...

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