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The Bittersweet Effects Of The British Empire On India And Africa

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Christopher North once said, “The sun never sets on the British Empire.” This famous quote is the perfect description of how the British Empire covered such a wide variety of areas in the world that there was always going to be a place that the sun was shining on that which the British inhabited. The British began to expand and colonize, like the Europeans started to do into the sixteenth century, in the seventeenth century. The British Empire continued to grow more and more and later developed into the largest expansion of colonial authority in history. By the twentieth century, the British Empire became too expensive for Britain due to their spiraling downhill in many of their territories and thus ending the incredible and prominent, British Empire. Africa and India were two of the many countries involved in the British Empire. The British Empire had a very significant impact on India and Africa socially, economically and politically in both negative and positive ways.
The very moment that the British stepped foot onto Indian and African land, they automatically thought of the citizens there to be of much lower class than they which also began the descent into the drastic social changes the British Empire brought upon. With this foolish idea in mind, the British continued to be sure that they kept white rule over Africa and India.
With India, Britain interrupted their already self-developed and still growing social realm and turned it into a permanent caste system, where your caste is your “destiny” of which you were born into. Changing this caste destined for was just not possible. The British, of course, put themselves at the top of the Indian caste system, which pretty much made them have a governmental say, and no one else.
In Africa, the British believed they were superior to the Africans, and they chased after the idea of racial segregation. Due to the British’s plan to keep the whites in power over them, Africans were forced to give back all the land they took back during the Boer War of 1899-1902 and were excluded in all political power.
Later on, The opinion of the British drastically changed by the 19th century and they started working on an anti-slavery operation. Britain spent a great quantity of money on ships and journeys in order to find the men that went against the anti-slavery agreements they made with them. As part of these missions, the British risked their lives on disease infested shores.The British still majorly affected India and Africa socially and always believed in white superiority.
Britain also affected India and Africa economically, and much of it with trade. One great thing the British did was build railroads for Kenya and Uganda. These railroads were nicknamed “The Lunatic Line” and originally intended to transport British troops, and instead transported goods for them. The people that planned the construction of these railways, which covered about 600 miles, thought this could be put together in 4 years....

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