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It was in the early 17th century that thefirst white man set foot in what was or perhaps even is the most intriguing land of all –'Black Africa'. It was the'age of exploration'. European explorers went around the world, visiting various lands and coming in contact with all kinds of people, people that were they knew nothing about. In retrospect that age was the probably the beginning of the'diminishing' world but it was to lead to perhaps one of the most controversial political systems of all time – colonialism by which powerful European countries went into, traded and finally governed various parts of the world that were technologically inferior to them and were thus unable to resist subjugation.
Africa, though the birthplace of humanity, had little to offer it. So, it is not surprising that much of it had migrated to lands that were less hostile climatically and had more fertile soil. The people that had remained had not changed much since those days and were still members of various tribes, speaking dozens of different languages some steeped in pagan worship and cannibalism. However, their culture was ancient and mystical and their mission was survival as opposed to the determination of their migrant brothers to develop. This difference was soon to be considered as proof of African barbarianism.
It was with casual interest that thefirst European came to Africa. They returned full of tales of the'savage people' and their'barbaric' customs. However, another thing that they had also noticed was the various opportunities of trade available. Africa had a lot to offer in the shape of raw materials, cheap sources of labor, slaves etc. Thus, the trader followed the explorers into the'black continent' and laid the foundations of colonial rule. A century or so later, European powers were locked in a struggle for occupying more and more land in Africa….