Why has Africa always been so underdeveloped?

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Jauikq6
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People say it is because of white people, but the only reason white people were able to invade Africa in the first place was because they were already more developed than them.
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Always is a stretch. The Egyptians may have something to say about that.
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Possibly because of the climate. The arid environment reduces the expansion of civilisation due to less water and agriculture. Less people means less innovation which then means less development.

Could also argue the various tribal wars between different factions prevented cooperation towards a common goal.

As the OP has mentioned; people blame white people for it but surely to have travelled all the way to Africa and colonise it, you'd have to be pretty advanced to pull it off in the first place.
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(Original post by Jauikq6)
People say it is because of white people, but the only reason white people were able to invade Africa in the first place was because they were already more developed than them.
Carthaginians and the Moors did quite well.
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As an African I'd say corruption, we won't move forward until people leave their tribal issues behind and if the governments weren't so corrupt.
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Africa was a rich country the whites invaded cause of their riches and sold the Africans into slavery
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Egypt was once one of the wealthiest countries in the world, they wasted their resources unfortunately.
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(Original post by Jmonay)
Africa was a rich country the whites invaded cause of their riches and sold the Africans into slavery
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"they were already more developed than them"
Or maybe just horrendously trusted them before they stole everything :dry:
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(Original post by Jmonay)
Africa was a rich country the whites invaded cause of their riches and sold the Africans into slavery
Africa is a continent. Please try again.
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(Original post by PurpleDelight)
"they were already more developed than them"
Or maybe just horrendously trusted them before they stole everything :dry:
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The Africans themselves and moors/ Arabs were enablers of slavery before Europeans tapped into the slave trade. The nation is relatively poor and underdeveloped due to a range of factors, primarily cultural nepotism and short term solutions in economic policies/ outlook. We need roads and have vast array of resources/ unused labour - lets outsource to China and become ever more Economically enslaved ! Consider the billions of dollars in aid that have been pumped into the nation only to be misallocated and squandered by corrupt officials. This is shortly followed by civil unrest and instability in the nation. Religion is potent in uneducated societies resulting in a naïve child of god victim complex- A my child is dying from cholera but lets pray to god... and once the child has passed lets call it a test of faith level of ignorance. The truth is these problems are complex and can not be fixed simply in a society that is inherently ill programmed. Just consider this is written by an African...
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correct me if I'm wrong: I think most of Africa wasn't invaded by the Romans. the only reason why Europe was so developed compared to Africa was that they had been invaded by the Romans therefore given a more 'civilised' style of living. such as roads, the idea of writing letters, large buildings, carriages etc. Africa didn't have this
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(Original post by JaydorIV)
correct me if I'm wrong: I think most of Africa wasn't invaded by the Romans. the only reason why Europe was so developed compared to Africa was that they had been invaded by the Romans therefore given a more 'civilised' style of living. such as roads, the idea of writing letters, large buildings, carriages etc. Africa didn't have this
Plenty of places before, during and after the roman empire had large buildings, roads and writing, with no influence from Rome causing it. As mentioned previously in this thread, some of them in Africa. Of the seven wonders of the ancient world, none were in the roman empire, and two were in Africa (one in Asia and four essentially products of the ancient grecian empire completing the set).
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(Original post by Dheorl)
Plenty of places before, during and after the roman empire had large buildings, roads and writing, with no influence from Rome causing it. As mentioned previously in this thread, some of them in Africa. Of the seven wonders of the ancient world, none were in the roman empire, and two were in Africa (one in Asia and four essentially products of the ancient grecian empire completing the set).
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You all don’t know history for you guys to comment bs on my comment gtfoh
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Oh no, here come the European colonists are solely responsible for all problems comments.
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It is definitely partly due to colonisation, but it's definitely more complicated. For a continent rich with resources and working population, it should be doing better. It is however worth noting that extreme poverty fell massively over the past years, and people there do live decent enough lives.

Corruption is a big factor, many african countries dont have stable governments with working democracies. There's no incentive for the rich people in power to establish it. I think dependence on aid and crappy loans is another factor too. Africans today are more educated than ever but human capital as a whole is still weak.

Africa is however on the rise as a whole, China has invested massively and global corporations have already seen that the continent is a money making market.


It is however apparent to me that this thread is just another opportunity for right wingers and white people to cry about how they get the blame. Boo hoo.
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