A Small Place

The Cost of Success College

During the 19th and 20th centuries, the success of large nations was driven by the process of colonization. Colonialism, the practice of gaining full or partial political control over another county by occupying it with settlers and exploiting it economically, was a consequence of the rise of Imperialism. Imperialism encouraged the spread of a nation’s rule over foreign lands through military force or by gaining political and economic control. Predominantly throughout the 19th century, the large imperial powers, Britain, China, France, Germany, Japan, and `Spain, spread their control to smaller territories or countries in an effort to see which nation was more powerful based on how many territories they successfully colonized. The successes of these oppressive groups was often measured by how much land they captured, how many humans they enslaved, how much money they stole from the indigenous people, and how many animals and resources that they sent back to their home countries. In A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid argues that Western Europeans reached this success by exploiting the native people living in Antigua in order to successfully expand their power to new places; they did this by stealing the native people’s money,...

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