Recent Event Highlights: Boer War from South Africa, and 7 more...
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In 1914, the British claimed the entire area of Nigeria as a colony, after the Berlin Conference gave Britain a protectorate over the Niger River delta. This act of gaining control led to the Europeans' possession of most of Africa.
Because Boers tried to keep "outsiders" from gaining political rights, these "outsiders" attempted to start a rebellion against the farmers. It failed, however, and because the Boers blamed the British, they took up arms against them.
Gaining Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Phillipines during the Spanish American War (from Spain), touched off a debate in the United States over imperialism. However, when President McKinley told a group of Methodist ministers, his intention to christianize the Filipinos, the people established a republic.
Because of its strategic military leader, Menelik II, Ethiopia was the only African nation that successfully resisted the Europeans. During the Battle of Adwa, one of the greatest battles in the history of Africa, Ethiopian forces successfully defeated the Italians and kept their nation independent. The battle was fought due to differences in an Italian-Ethiopian
Queen Liliuokalani, the final monarch of Hawaii, worked to regain power for the Hawaiian monarchy, and bitterly regretted her brother's loss of power to American planters. She took her throne in 1893, but lost it quickly, due to the fact that she refused to renew a treaty signed by her brother that would have given commercial rivileges to foreign businessmen.
All European countries wanted a piece of Africa, so they met at the Berlin Conference to literally carve up the country (in order to avoid any war among each other).
Isma'il, the grandson of Muhammad Ali, continued his grandfather's efforts to modernize Egypt by supporting the construction of the Suez Canal, which opened in 1869, connecting the Red and Mediterranean seas, and prompting a huge international celebration.
Because the cartridges of the Enfield rifles were greased with beef and pork fat, both Hindu and Muslim sepoys refused to use the rifles, and rebelled against the British. Because of this Sepoy Mutiny, the East India Company collapsed, and it took more than a year to regain control.