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By 1875 European possessions in Africa consisted of some forts and trading posts along the coast and a few tiny colonies Between 1880 and 1910 however Africa was divided up among the Europeans For the next 50 years decisions affecting Africa and its people were made not in Africa but in London Paris Lisbon and other European capitals France acquired a huge empire in North and West Africa Algeria Tunisia Morocco Ivory Coast Dahomey Mali and other areas in West Africa came under French rule Britains colonies were scattered throughout the continent Although the French controlled the most territory Britain ruled the greatest number of people Gambia Sierra Leone Gold Coast Nigeria South Africa Rhodesia Uganda Kenya Egypt the Sudan and others were taken over Eritrea a large part of Somaliland and Libya Southwest Africa Tanganyika Togoland and Cameroon were ruled by Germany until Germanys defeat in World War I By 1914 there were two independent countries left in Africa-Liberia and Ethiopia And even Ethiopia was taken over by Italy in 1935 Italy controlled Ethiopia until 1942 when the British drove the Italians outEuropean rule came to Africa in many different ways Sometimes a European trading company made agreements with Africa chiefs permitting the company to trade and keep order in the area The traders then put pressure on their government in Europe to take over in order to protect them In a few cases tribal chiefs voluntarily asked for the protection of one European nation in order to avoid being taken over by another European nation Sometimes the Africans even asked for European protection against other African tribesTreaties were signed by the Afican chiefs in which they gave the European company or government the right to keep order govern and to take over the land and resources in their area Thousands of treaties were signed by African rulers giving away most of their rights to the Europeans but the Africans never really understood these
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