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Quick introduction to somalia


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Starting in the late nineteenth century, Somalia began to be colonized by Europe. Britain, France, Italy, Egypt and Ethiopia colonized Somalia. Egypt first took over the coast in 1875. Britain wanted to take over the coast of Somalia, in order to guard the Suez Canal. Britain negotiated with local tribe leaders to gain more land. Five years after Egypt’s colonization, Britain created the British Somaliland (Somalia History). Britain also wanted most of the northern coast to gain resources such as mutton and livestock. The French on the other hand originally wished for a part of Egypt but were expelled by the British. There they had wanted a coal station on the red sea to strengthen links with China. Because they couldn’t receive the part of Egypt, they took control of a section of Somalia. Click here to read more

Fast Facts - ...Land area: 242,216 sq mi (627,339 sq km); total area: 246,199 sq mi (637,657 sq km)Population (July 2011 est.): 9,925,640 (growth rate: 1.6%); birth rate: 42.7/1000; infant mortality rate: 105.56/1000; life expectancy: 50.4

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History of the colonization of Somalia

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Fri, 1960-07-01 On this date in 1960, Somalia gained its independence from Britain. Situated in the horn of East Africa, early on Somalia's economy was based upon the nomadic herding of animals. From the time of America’s Reconstruction (1870s) until World War II (1942), Britain gained control over the Italian portions of Somalia. In 1887, Britain became concerned with keeping the route to India open through the Suez Canal, which was opened in 1869, and as a result, Britain proclaimed Somalia as a British protectorate and named it British Somaliland. Read more




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