Motives of Imperialism Exploratory motive



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Motives of Imperialism
Exploratory motive:


Religious motive:

  • the desire to spread Christianity

  • to protect European missionaries in other regions

  • to spread European values and moral beliefs

  • to educate peoples of other cultures

  • to end the slave trade in Africa


Economic motive:

  • to make money

  • to expand and control foreign trade

  • to create new markets for products

  • to acquire raw materials and cheap labour

  • to compete for investments and resources and transportation method


Ideological motive:

  • based on cultural values such as the belief that the white race was superior

  • other cultures were seen as “primitive” or “inferior”

  • it seemed justified that Europeans should “civilise” peoples in other parts of the world

  • great nations should have great empires

  • belief in the “survival of the fittest” (Social Darwinism)


Political motive:



Motives of Imperialism
Exploratory motive:

  • to explore unknown or unchartered2 territory

  • to investigate unknown cultures

  • to conduct scientific research

  • to conduct medical searches for the causes and treatments of diseases

  • to go on an adventure


Religious motive:

  • the desire to spread Christianity

  • to protect European missionaries in other regions

  • to spread European values and moral beliefs

  • to educate peoples of other cultures

  • to end the slave trade in Africa


Economic motive:

  • to make money

  • to expand and control foreign trade

  • to create new markets for products

  • to acquire raw materials and cheap labour

  • to compete for investments and resources and transportation method


Ideological motive:

  • based on cultural values such as the belief that the white race was superior

  • other cultures were seen as “primitive” or “inferior”

  • it seemed justified that Europeans should “civilise” peoples in other parts of the world

  • great nations should have great empires

  • belief in the “survival of the fittest” (Social Darwinism)


Political motive:

  • based on a nation’s desire to gain power

  • to compete with other European countries

  • to expand territory

  • to gain prestige by winning colonies

  • to boost national pride and security




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