Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966


British government Confidential Print files, 1834-1966 issued by the Foreign and Colonial Offices, cover the whole of the modern period of European colonization of the continent.

The files span the full era of the modern European colonisation of Africa, from the occupation of Algeria by France, through increasing British presence on the west African coast and around the Cape of Good Hope in the south, the Berlin Conference which set off the ‘Scramble for Africa’, the high-water mark of economic exploitation of Africans in the Congo Free State, rivalries amongst European powers and the era of withdrawal that followed the Second World War.

The resource also features 300 colour maps, a number of them previously separated from their parent files at The National Archives but cross-referenced with those files here for ease of scholarly use.

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