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To what extent did the colonisation of Southern Africa benefit the indigenous people of these territories?

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Question 2 Coursework To what extent did the colonisation of Southern Africa benefit the indigenous people of these territories? It is arguable as to whether the imperialism was of benefit to the indigenous people. However it would be false to say they gained nothing. The Africans had a culture totally different to the Europeans and less technologically advanced. The Europeans brought with them their culture, values and ideas, yet at the same time oppressed and demolished the original culture of the natives. They considered themselves to be superior and therefore correct. The indigenous people didn't consider themselves to be inadequate. David Livingstone was a more sympathetic missionary and once said "The English are the most philanthropic people in the world".-David and Charles Livingstone, Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambesi. ...read more.


Voting and administration were also initiated. The Africans could learn from the Europeans and become more advanced. "the most remarkable contribution of colonialism in Africa was in ideas and techniques- the ideas of justice, freedom of speech, worship, travel, the rule of law, and the techniques of voting and administration."-Kofi Busia, a native person. Some indigenous people did benefit from the colonialisation of Africa. Of course it was not all admirable, there were also detriments. The Africans were not treated as equals, they were exploited and were even enslaved to help the foreigners execute their desires. Infrastructure resulted in forced labour. Taxes were introduced, and so the Africans had to work. ...read more.


The attitude that the natives had was of hate and fear. They were treated terribly worse than animals, as animals don't have beliefs and are allowed to spend the day grazing. "We've become their inferiors" - from an Arabic poem. This also conveys feelings of animosity. They may have gained but they also lost. In the opinions of most Africans they benefited nothing. Africa did benefit slightly, though when juxtaposed to the impairment, one can conclude that there was more harm than gain. For what they benefited, they lost much more and had no choice in it. The indigenous people pf South Africa had little or no say in what went on. They didn't send for Europeans to come and design railways or tax them. Holly Malpass 10/01/03 ...read more.

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