Imperialism Timeline

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In History
  • European trade with Africa becomes well established

    The solid establishment of trading between Europe and Africa is a significant event because this is somewhat the beginning of what led up to the Berlin Conference. When Europe realized that Africa had plenty of natural resources, King Leopold II decided not to wait for those natural resources to be traded to them, but rather to divide Africa amongst the European nations and decrease the cost of transport back to their main land.
  • East India Company collapses due to Sepoy Rebellion; British Raj begins

    This is important because the British Raj was a very significant ruling system of India. LKDJLKGJ Also, the East India Company, a major company at the time, collapsed because of the Enfield rifles that they produced.
  • Suez Canal links the Mediterranean and Red Seas

    This is important because the Suez canal is such an important trading route that connects two bodies of water that before were impractical to travel through one to another. The land around the water is filled with trading ports, leaving the Suez canal to be highly desired by many countries and empires.
  • Berlin Conference convenes to discuss terms for African colonization

    The Berlin Conference is significant because it marks when King Leopold II decided to carve up Africa so that Belgium expanded as well as the rest of the European nations. They did not consider cultural or linguistic boundaries when they chose which land to conquer, so this caused wars amongst the people of Africa later in the future.
  • Queen Liliuokalani takes the throne of Hawaii

    The point in time when Queen Liliuokalani takes over Hawaii as the queen is significant, because she resisted imperialism in her country and refused to allow sugar cane companies to run her land by using her as a puppet.
  • Ethiopians defeat the invading Italians at the Battle of Adowa

    This is important because Ethiopia is one of the only countries in Africa who was able to completely resist European rule. King Menelik II used strategic advantages and played European countries against each other to maintain the Ethiopian independence.
  • Spanish-American War breaks out; Pureto Rice, Spain, and the Philippines taken from Spain

    This is important because it shows the beginning of Spain's downfall as one of the major European countries in imperialism. The United States rises with new territories gained from the Spanish, and become more powerful and wealthy in the near future.
  • Boer War in South Africa

    The Boer War is significant because it was one of the first "total war" battles fought by the British against the Dutch farmers in South Africa. The Boers used guerilla tactics to hide amongst the people, and the British would kill everybody, reguardless of gender, age, or race. They believed that if they could kill everybody, they would kill every boer that had resisted them.
  • Most of Africa is under European control

    This is important because this signifies when the European nations gained many natural resources and began to industrialize Africa. This also demonstrates how when Europe split up Africa amongst themselves with disreguard towards cultural or linguistic boundaries, they set off future wars and disagreements amongst the people of Africa.