By Daniel E. Harmon
-- a chain that info the exploration, annexation, and improvement of the African continent via Europeans in the course of nineteenth century colonization and its results on modern day Africa -- Generously illustrated volumes with infrequent and weird photos from the documents of the Royal Geographical Society
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Tanganyika and the German Hinterland When the Europeans begun arriving in force during the late 1800s, a powerful king, Kigeri IV, ruled much of present-day Rwanda. Kigeri obtained guns for his army from European coastal traders. Thus equipped, he kept the land basically closed to white intruders. Interestingly, though, Kigeri allowed his country to be included in German East Africa. Through the German East Africa Company, Germany claimed the territories of “Ruanda” and “Urundi” (modern-day Rwanda and Burundi) as well as much larger Tanganyika (modern-day Tanzania).
Natives lovingly embalmed his body and carried it to the coast for shipment to London. Livingstone was buried in Westminster Abbey. ) Savage Traditions European explorers like Livingstone and Stanley were appalled at the internal African slave trade. ” Horrific as it was, that assessment was literally true. Among ruthless African traders, it if you wanted to barter for a single ivory tusk you could expect to pay the dealer one sheep . . or as many as 12 human slaves . . in exchange! Raising the loudest alarms against slave trading were the missionaries who arrived in East Africa during the mid-1800s.
Their governments, though, merely shrugged. That was about to change. The rough-hewn trading posts around the continent’s edge had shown that African tribes could make valuable partners. Not only could Europeans bring out Africa’s natural resources, they also could sell (or trade) goods made in their home factories. Their industries needed new markets; here was one with huge potential. At issue, as European leaders looked more closely toward Africa, was the long-accepted practice of free trade versus “protected” trade.