Case Study of Imperialized Country: Portugal imperializes Mozambique. By: Melissa Jacobs. General Information. What prompted Portugal to imperialize Mozambique?.
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By: Melissa Jacobs
Portugal sent Vasco da Gama to explore Mozambique. He found Mozambique useful. Portugal could gain another trade route, more slaves to increase the slave trade, mine gold and gain more territory.
Reasons: Portugal’s geopolitical reasons for imperializing Mozambique was the want for a new trade route, a new port, and a new route for the trading of slaves.
Results: The results of the geopolitical reasons were the slave trade booms, Portugal gains a new port and a new trade route.
Reasons: The economic reasons for Portugal imperializing Mozambique were so that Portugal could expand its trading post, expand the slave trade, force Mozambique citizens to work for cheap, and to gain more slaves.
Results: The result was that the slave trade booms until it was banned in 1869, Portugal gained a new port, Portugal had people working for very cheap to make goods.
PROFIT = PRICE SOLD AT – (CAPITAL)
If capitals is less the bigger the profit you get.
Reasons: The social reasons for Portugal imperializing Mozambique was the want to spread the Portuguese language and the Christianity faith.
Results: The social result of Portugal imperializing Mozambique was that Portuguese becomes their official language and the Christianity faith becomes one of the top practiced religions in Mozambique.
Information from U.S. Department of State
Reasons: The political reasons for Portugal to imperialize Mozambique was to modernize Mozambique and teach them the methods of the Portugal government.
Results: The result was that Mozambique now has a similar government as Portugal does, three branches and a constitution.
Portugal could easily colonize and control Mozambique because it took direct control. Mozambique was so severely under developed it could not protect itself from Portugal. Mozambique had to no military to defend itself. Portugal also helped Mozambique become modernized making themselves not look totally terrible to the citizens of Mozambique. They built railroads, hospitals and schools. In 1926 Salazar demanded to have a military dictatorship over Mozambique. Portugal also made their power over the citizens know. An example is the farmers that were imprisoned in 1959 for trying to own their own farms which was going against the Portugal’s rule.
Mozambique wasn’t happy about Portugal imperializing them. Farmers broke out against the Portugal’s rule and tried to own their own farms but they were quickly imprisoned. Mozambique citizens such as Julius Nyere re and Eduardo Mondlane started the originization FRELIMO which is liberation group for Mozambique. Violence is the only answer the citizens of Mozambique concur. On September 25, 1964 the first shots were fired between Portugal and Mozambique.
On June 25, 1975 Mozambique declares freedom from the Portugal rule.
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