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Out of Africa Historical Context

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Historical Context

British East Africa

In the latter part of the nineteenth century, European countries, especially Britain and Germany, began to colonize an area of British East Africa that is now called Kenya. The Europeans realized that the sparsely populated land promised political and economic opportunities.

In 1887 the Imperial British East Africa Company, a trading organization under government control, rented the land from the sultan of Zanzibar, who ruled over the area. By 1895 the influence of the British government in the East Africa increased when it established a "Protectorate," a system often established in colonized countries. A protectorate established an official relationship between the colonizers, usually powerful Europeans, and then colonized in an area that had not yet established a political system of its own.

In an effort to secure political and economic control of the land, the British planned the construction of an extensive rail system. When the costs...

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