Things Fall Apart is set during the height of European colonization. England is the colonizer relevant to the village of Umuofia. During colonization, England has outlawed the slave trade. Missionaries came to convert Africans to make amends for the atrocities of the slave era. English government rules the villages in the for District Commissioners. The Commissioners are at odds with the villages since the laws that govern Europeans and laws that govern village are extremely different. Achebe gives a picture of these things and their effects in his novel.