Agreement Of The Berlin Conference

American journalist Daniel De Leon described the conference as „an event event event in the history of political science… Diplomatic in form, it was actually economic. And it is true that, even though he was disguised as a humanitarian summit to consider the well-being of indigenous peoples, his agenda was almost purely economic. Few people on the continent or in the African diaspora have been deceived. A week before it closed, the Lagos Observer said that „the world may never have experienced a burglary of this magnitude.“ Six years later, another editor of a Lagos newspaper, who compared the Heritage Conference to the slave trade, said, „Violent possession of our country has replaced the violent possession of our person.“ Theodore Holly, the first black Protestant bishop in the United States, condemned the delegates as „gathered to legislate, domestic rape, theft and murder.“ From the beginning, the conference defined the order of priorities. „The powers are in the present of three interests: those of commercial and industrial countries, which oblige a common necessity in the search for new opportunities. Those states and powers called through the regions of Congo to exercise authority in accordance with their rights. And finally, what some generous voices have already done for your concern – the interests of the local people. It also categorically refused to consider the question of sovereignty and the legitimacy of the exercise of the rights to land and resources of another. The Berlin Conference of 1884-1885, also known as the Congo Conference or West Africa[1], regulated European colonization and trade in Africa during the period of the new imperialism and coincided with The sudden rise of Germany into imperial power. The conference was organized by Otto von Bismarck, Germany`s first chancellor. Its outcome, the general law of the Berlin conference, may be seen as a formalization of the fight for Africa, but some historians warn against a tailor-made role in the colonial division of Africa and draw attention to bilateral agreements concluded before and after the conference.

[2] [3] The conference helped to launch a period of strengthened colonial activities by European powers that eliminated or superimposed most of the existing forms of African autonomy and autonomy. [4] Including a short break for Christmas and New Year, the West African Conference in Berlin was to last 104 days and end on February 26, 1885.