chapter 27 section 5

by Maria Innes, Daisy White, Carli Fain, Cassidy shenberger

Imperialism in south West Asia

-European nations had land in southeast Asia and the islands on the edge of the pacific ocean. They wanted these areas for resources and they were close to china.


-European powers found that the lands were good for growing cash crops such as sugar, coffee, cocoa, rubber, and fruit.


-As trade in items grew, The Europeans moved in to take more land.


-The British took the port of Singapore plus Malaysia and Burma.


-The British needed workers, so they brought many Chinese to Malaysia.

  • France grabbed Indochina. They made farmers grow rice for export.


  • The farmers had less to eat even though they were growing more rice, because most of it was shipped away.


  • Siam( modern Thailand) stayed independent.


  • Colonialism brought some features of modern life to these regions, but economic changes benefited European- run businesses, not local people.


  • The native people benefited from better schooling, health, and cleanliness


  • In the late 1800's, the United States also began to seek colonies.In 1898, as a result of the Spanish-American war, the United States won possession of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippine islands.

-American business men grew wealthy from sugar plantations in Hawaii.


-The united States was asked to annex Hawaii.


-In 1898, Hawaii became a territory of the United States.