British Imperialism: Somaliland

Imperialism is the policy of extending the rule or authority of an empire or nation over foreign countries, or of acquiring and holding colonies and dependencies. 2. advocacy of imperial or sovereign interests over the interests of the dependent states. 3. imperial government; rule by an emperor or empress.

The first interaction was when In May 1960, the British Government stated that it would be prepared to grant independence to the then protectorate of British Somaliland. All of the events that take place are all in Somaliland. There was two groups evolved there were the Italians and the British.

The Method used the British in Somaliland used was Indirect which was used in a positive way.

The forms of imperialism the Italians and the British used were Colony.

The motive of the British was that the United Kingdom wanted to take the opportunity to seize the coast with the purpose of safeguarding the trade route through the Suez canal which was opened in 1869. besies being a perfect costaltrading location somaliland had a lot of resources like bauxite, uranium, iron ore, gypsum, copper, natrul gas, and many more.

The long term effect was that now Somaliland currently doent have a government and is corrupt. after gaining independence in 1960 power was peacefully entrusted to Abdirashid Ali Shermarke in 1967 during this time they had a democracy. during 1969 he died from assassination, then Siad Barre took his place. Since then there hasn't been a government since. they are now controlled by rival and clan warlords.


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