Why did the British colonize the Gold Coast?

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During the mid to late 19th century, several European countries, including England, took part in the horrific and genocidal "scramble for Africa". This scramble manifested as European countries invading and seizing power over the lands, resources and people of Africa. The "Gold Coast" is now known as the Republic of...

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During the mid to late 19th century, several European countries, including England, took part in the horrific and genocidal "scramble for Africa". This scramble manifested as European countries invading and seizing power over the lands, resources and people of Africa. The "Gold Coast" is now known as the Republic of Ghana, and from the late 15th century until the mid 20th century, has been repeatedly invaded, colonized and/or attempted to be colonized by European nations. These nations sought its gold market and port access and used the coast for resource extraction and for kidnapping African people. Portugal, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and England all vied for colonial control over the "Gold Coast". By the mid 19th century, England established colonial dominance in the area. By 1957, however, fierce decolonial resistance finally drove out European control.

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