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In India and South Africa they were many similarities and differences in conquering through assimilation In the nineteenth century Britain had a huge empire extending to many different regions of the world This big empire was formed little by little Before 1869 Britain only controlled a small amount of land in Africa The British concentrated on imperialism in more profitable places around the world They concentrated on places that would give them more markets for trade and more opportunity to increase their economy British took over land in places like South Africa In 1869 these were places that did not have monetary value The main reason for British imperialism in Africa was to bring Christianity and European style civilization to African countries They also practiced imperialism in many coastline countries They concentrated on practicing imperialism also in India because The British had thought it was a good place for trade Slaves had been one of the few resources the British were interested in After the 1870s the British became more interested in Africa much more than before Probably the greatest reason for the British conquering land in Africa after 1869 was to protect their biggest money maker which was India India was a great country for trade India was a big money maker for Britain so that was their most valuable country They had to protect it at any cost In 1869 the French completed the Suez canal in Egypt This was a quick route to India but if another country had control of the canal the possibility existed that they would cut off the British and take India for themselves Britains plan was to take over the Suez Canal which was build by the French They also wanted to take over Egypt In 1875 the British had their opportunity They bought shares in the canal from the governor or ruler of Egypt at that time and after a while gained control of it
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