Option 2: Africa’s Natural Resources

Read the following paragraphs and answer the questions in the comments area below.

Africa contains the richest diamond mines in the world. Other abundant natural resources include gold, copper, and oil. In spite of these valuable products, Africa has historically lacked the organization and financial means (money) to develop manufacturing. European nations that colonized the continent took advantage of many African resources.

1. How might Africa have developed if it had taken a large share of its own natural resources (instead of being taken by European nations)?

2. What can be done today to help Africans develop manufacturing and gain better financial independence (not rely on other countries to help them by giving them money?

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