This activity is designed to simulate European imperialism during the late 19th century. Using fictional country and continent names, students will simulate the "Scramble for Africa" mentality that led European nations to conquer territories, rule distant lands, and push each other to the brink of war.
In small groups, students will represent fictional countries that actually represent real imperialist nations. The countries will attempt to acquire territory according the needs of the country and the country-specific rules they must follow. Each of the areas that the fictional countries will be attempting to take over represent imperialized continents like Asia and Africa.
Included in the .zip file are teacher directions, a simulation resource map, country descriptions, and a fictional backstory to explain the context of the simulation.
â€¢ Students will be able to simulate the forces that led to European imperialism, with a focus on the "Scramble for Africa" in particular.
â€¢ Students will be able to understand the rationale of the Berlin Conference, and how each country wanted to acquire as much territory as possible while trying to avoid military conflict with one another.
â€¢ Students will be able to analyze the development of imperialism through the perspectives of several countries.
â€¢ Students will observe how the needs of indigenous people were virtually ignored during imperialism.
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