Imperialism Webquest
Wednesday February 26th 2014, 2:34 am
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European Imperialism Webquest

Directions: Use the following websites to answer the questions. To complete this webquest you will need to follow directions carefully and only answer the questions on this worksheet – not all of those on the website.

Imperialism and the World:

Imperialism Map

  1. How many different countries have colonies?
  1. Which country has the largest colonial empire?
  1. Which continents are almost completely controlled by other countries
  1. Which continents are only controlled by a few countries?

Data on Colonial Empires

  1. About how many square miles of territory does France control?
  1. What is the TOTAL population controlled by the five countries shown in this chart?
  1. Based on this information, which country has the largest colonial empire?
  1. Does this answer agree with your answer to #2 above in Imperialism Map? Why or why not?


The Berlin Conference

  1. List the three reasons why Europeans wanted to take over Africa.
  1. What agreements came out of the Berlin Conference?
  1. What considerations were made by the Europeans to the native Africans?
  1. Berlin Conference –

The Scramble for Africa

Use the “African Political Divisions in 1913” pie chart to answer the following:

  1. How many countries had colonies in Africa by 1913?
  1. What percentage of Africa was colonized by 1913?
  1. What percentage of Africa was controlled by the two countries with the most territory?
  1. What percentage of Africa was controlled by other European countries?
  1. Would the pie chart have been the dame if there hadn’t been a Berlin Conference? Why or why not?


  1. What is a Joint Stock Company?
  1. What was the British East India Company?
  1. What was this company’s main objective?
  1. How did they achieve this?
  1. What is a sepoy?
  1. Sepoy Mutiny – What happened? When did it occur?

Middle East

  1. Why did Europe want to practice imperialism in this region?
  1. What two areas did European pay close attention to?
  1. What two bodies of water does the Suez Canal connect?
  1. Which European country started the Suez Canal? Which European country controlled it by 1900?
  1. What group (s) of people claimed this region as a homeland?
  1. England promised which group their independence for their help in WWI?
  1. In the Balfour Declaration, England promised to establish a national homeland for whom?
  1. What was the end result?

Southeast Asia

  1. Which 2 countries controlled most of Southeast Asia during the early 1800’s?
  1. What items was the Dutch East Indies known for producing?
  1. What was the Spanish American War? Results?
  1. What European countries had colonies in this region?
  1. What is the Great East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere? Significance?


Opium Wars

  1. Which 2 countries fought in the Opium Wars?
  2. What was the main reason for the conflict between these 2 countries?
  1. Look at the chart: Why do you think the war began in 1839?
  1. What problems did Opium cause for the people of China?

Treaty of Nanjing

  1. What were the results of the Treaty of Nanjing?

Spheres of Influence

  1. What is Spheres of Influence?
  1. Why did western nations establish Spheres of Influence?
  1. What is the Open Door Policy?

Taiping Rebellion & Boxer Rebellion

The Taiping Rebellion1850-1864 The Boxer Rebellion1900
Cause of Rebellion
Description of Rebellion (who was involved, what happened)
Effect of Rebellion


  1. Meiji Restoration – This movement started in?
  1. How did react to Western Imperialism?
  1. Results:
    1. Japanese Scholars
  1. Feudalism was
  1. Established
  1. Western technology
  1. True or False: Japan practiced imperialism throughout Asia.

South America

  1. What is the Monroe Doctrine ?
  1. What was the result of the Roosevelt Corollary?
  1. The Panama Canal linked what 2 bodies of water?
  1. Who controlled it until 1999?

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