Division Not Based off of Ethnic Groups

posted Jan 26, 2011, 5:34 AM by David Williams   [ updated Jan 27, 2011, 4:44 AM ]
    My argument on What was the worst impact of colonialism in Africa? would be the division of Africa without the consent of nearby ethnic groups. The countries mixed and matched the territories around, creating all kinds of conflicts. This is what happened:
    At the Berlin Conference, each country gained a couple of territories in Africa, but each had different ethnic groups living there. When breaking apart and joining together, they split and merged different groups, some groups didn't mind but most did not agree with each other. This led to mass violence and arguments. Some fighting is still going on today. 
    Out of all of the countries in Africa, only two maintained their independence, Liberia and Ethiopia. These two were not colonized, but two out of 53? This does not add up to me and and many more wouldn't agree either. European colonialists treated ethnic groups differently and there was a lot of discrimination. Take South Africa for example. They "gained" their independence in 1910, but caucasian settlers were still controlling their government. That is why I think dividing different ethnic groups is the worst European impact on Africa.