What Impact Did Imperialism Have on Africa?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 31, 2020 8:11:48 AM ET
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Imperialism impacted the African continent in several ways, primarily in the contexts of economics and politics. The political impact of the Western nations displays in the administrative system of government in Africa. Western governments established a structured and organized government, such as a central or federal government, in many African nations, which remain in place to this day.

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In addition to politics, imperialism of Western nations brought about economic change in Africa, too. Colonists introduced new technologies upon entering Africa, which facilitated the production of a diverse array of goods and products. As with political impacts, the Western influences on the African economy remain.