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What is an example of imperialism in Africa?  

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Africa has been significantly affected by European imperialism. Before the mid-1800s, many countries engaged in the slave trade, in which European nations took advantage of African tribal wars in order to sell human chattel all over the world, especially into the Americas. France and Britain were the main colonizers of Africa, though at one time Belgium owned the Congo, a region that was actually larger than Belgium. Germany was a late arrival to colonization, but it still managed to acquire some lands in East Africa.

The relationship between the colonizers and the colonized was often exploitative. While Germany had hopes that German settlers would move to Africa, none of the other European countries hoped that their citizens would become permanent residents of the continent. Belgium famously exploited its colony for gold and diamonds, while Britain and France waged war against the tribes of their...

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