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colonization of Southeast Asia

Great Britain

Leader - Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles

Colony - Singapore and later Burma

Why here? - Singapore was a major stopping point for steamship traffic going to or from China, while capturing Burma would help protect Britain's possessions in India.

Resources - Singapore mainly produces goods and some mineral gases, while Burma is a country rich in jade and gems, oil, natural gas and other mineral resources.

France

Leader - Leopold II

Colony - Vietnam

Why here? - This would give france a military advantage against the British.

Resources - Land and minerals.

United States

Leader - George Dewey

Colony - Philippines

Why here? - This was a jump point to trade with China.

Resources - Minerals.