Deforestation And Colonization In Africa

1650s-1700sSouth Africa

"Ecology and the environment were used and mistreated by colonial powers and had a large impact on the success of imperialism. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the tropical deforestation practices of the British and other powers in South Africa and the East and West Indies, for example, allowed the colonial empires to displace indigenous populations and control the way land was used."

M.E. Page (ed.) Colonialism: An International Social, Cultural, and Political Encyclopedia, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Image taken from page 69 of 'With a Show through Southern Africa ... Second edition. Popular edition'