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Transcript of African Imperialism
Egypt already supplied Britain with high-quality cotton making up 80% of it's export.
By holding Egypt, Britain controlled a central communications hub and strategic military base of operations. The dispute was solved with the Convention of Constantinople. The French also had an interest in Egypt and owned a majority stake in the Canal. The african people fought the european people and tried to resist them from coming into there land and taking everything from them Control The British created a puppet government through the Ottoman Empire which chose Egypt's leaders. When in need, the British used their own navy and army to keep control. The occupation was justified by Britain as bringing stability to the government and creating new economic opportunities.
This is surprisingly true; for 3 centuries before colonization, Egypt was in constant power struggle. In 1882 the Egyptian people had an nationalist uprising the British sent in 20,000 troops to the Suez Canal and bombarded Alexandria with their navy. Acts Khedive Tawfiq Pasha, an Egyptian noble, was put into power by the British and immediately denounced a national uprising. The guy before him, Ismail, racked up a 91 million pound debt within ten years. Equal to $11 billion in today's money.