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European imperialism impacted early nineteenth century Western Africa both economically and politically because of the introduction of Western ideas and new trading partners; however, despite the efforts of Christian missionaries, the religion of the region, Islam, continued to grow and evade any major impacts on the part of imperialism.
Imperial occupation of one country by another inherently causes a tidal wave of changes. Europe’s imperialistic ambitions reshaped the economies of Western Africa due to the installation of western economic policies, ideologies, and trading partners. Western Africa gained many European commercial ties, but one of the biggest changes stemmed from Great Britain's abolition of slavery in 1833. Africa was the epicenter of slave trade, and the Gold Coast of Western Africa monopolized the slave trade from the mid-18th century until its abolition. Europe’s suppression of the slave trade caused the Western to turn to legitimate trade which consisted of other highly desired, but legal, goods such as gold, ivory, and vegetable oils-most notably palm oil. The British used palm oil in the manufacture of soap, candles, and lubricants, and the extent to which the Africans exported this product altered many aspects of their lives. For example, the high demand for palm oil allowed it to completely transform the social structure of coastal African communities. Coastal traders would utilize the wealth they had accumulated from the trade of palm oil to purchase slaves to operate the large canoes that transported the palm oil and other products from inland markets to coastal trading ports. Although many considered slavery in the Niger Delta region to be brutal work, many of the slaves were well paid, and some wer...

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...nger tolerated mixing Islam with indigenous African customs. The Sokoto Caliphate created a special tax to be paid by any non-Muslims. Jihads against so called pagans led to the death, enslavement, or forced conversion of many non-Muslims, so for the first time, many Africans in rural areas practiced Islam as opposed to indigenous religions. Although Islam in Western Africa faced some internal reforms, it remained prominent and continuous in the face of European imperialism.
In the early nineteenth century, the Europeans began a wave of imperialism in Africa that would ultimately culminate in the monumental Scramble for Africa. Europe’s imperial ambitions impacted Western African economies and politics as the introduction of new ideas interrupted customs that had been in place for thousands of years, but the main religion of the region, Islam, continued to dominate.
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