There Was a Country Setting & Symbolism

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Nigeria

Chinua Achebe’s story of “There Was A Country” takes place in Nigeria, a nation within the continent of Africa. Africa’s importance to the West can be traced from its discovery 500 years before through the transatlantic slave trade and the Berlin Conference of 1885 where the Scramble for Africa took place with the continent literally being sliced up among European powers. The region that later became Nigeria was handed over to Great Britain. Like all African nations, the land was rich in resources which the British exploited to increase their revenues.

When the people became more sophisticated they began to long for their freedom and independence from their colonial power, Great Britain finally faced the music and liberated the country in 1960. The country actually devolved into corruption and hardship for its people after losing its colonial master. The Eastern Region of Nigeria had many ethnicities with the...

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