What Is Colonial Legacy?

Colonial legacy is a term used to describe the changes that affect nations and regions governed by invasive colonial rulers. In many areas of the world, including Africa, colonialism brought a change in many facets of society, including government structure and organization, political practices and even economics.

In Africa, British colonial rule left a legacy that included a novel system of governance and finance. The economies of many African nations placed under British rule were modified so that countries could fund the often extensive operations undertaken by colonial rulers. Colonized areas, called colonies, were often required to supply the resources, including physical labor, necessary to allow British rule to continue. The economic activities and market structures imposed by the British remain in place as a legacy today.