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late emergence of African countries as independent nation-states

What accounts for the rather late emergence of African countries as independent nation-states?
Is there something peculiar about Africa that delayed its drive for independence? (Begin with a specific African country and argue your case.)

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Here are a few things you might want to think about:

1. Africa, in comparison to North and South America, was conquered relatively late, despite its proximity to Europe in comparison with the Americas. This could be because, unlike the Americas which were discovered more or less by accident and riches that might draw European powers were quickly made known, riches in Africa, such as diamonds ...

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Reasons for the late emergence of African countries as independent nation-states are implied.

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