Colonialism occurs when a nation takes over another nation. This was displayed when Britain took over Kenya’s land. However, Britain taking over Kenyan land had both positive and negative consequences for the both of them. Colonialism changed Kenya culturally, politically, and economically. First, Kenya’s religion was very diverse. However, the British didn’t comprehend with their practices given most of them were Protestant or Catholic. They didn’t believe in witchcraft, witch doctors, or how each tribe had a concept of a “Supreme Being” (Doc 6). Every African society had their own myths. The biggest one being the Abaluyia story, which states God created man so that the sun had someone for whom to shine (Doc 7). But the British didn’t really understand their beliefs and myths and they continued their Catholic and Protestant practices.  After many years of British rule, Kenya’s number of indigenous believers went down. From the original 80% of followers, it went drastically down to 26% of Kenya’s people who had indigenous beliefs. Correspondingly, the Catholic and Protestant followers went up a good amount. 28% of the people became Catholic, while 38% became protestant (Doc 8). As shown, Kenya being under rule for 40 years heavily affected their culture and religion (Doc 8). Secondly, Kenya’s government was affected by colonialism. In an English interview with Chief Kabongo translated by Richard St. Barbe Baker it talks about how the white cheeks came and took Kenyan Land.The Kenyans called the British white cheeks because of their appearance. Kabongo was told by a white cheek, “This great king is now your king. And this land is all his land.” (Doc 3). This shows that the British completely took over all their land and the Kenyan had no clue what was going on. Kenyan people didn’t understand that all of a sudden their land that was passed down from their elders was instantly taken by foreigners. They wound up accepting it and some even collaborated with the colonizers because they received privileges like getting rid of slavery and higher status (Doc 4). Some of the Kenyans with high class got to work with British council just to keep the other Kenyans in check. Kenya was ruled by a legislative council which left many of the native Kenyans out of politics. Following, Britain didn’t allow them to grow and they established a hut tax. This left many Kenyans landless and in search for jobs. Finally, Kenya began a nationalist movement which intensified after WWII. They then became independent in 1964. Despite the Africans not having a vital part in their own government, Britain provided them with an example and guide. Lastly, colonialism affected Kenya’s education along with economics. To begin with, Kenya thrived by constructing their first rail network and road systems. This allowed them to have faster travel and a postal service that covered Kenya (Doc 11). The cause for most of this economic growth was from the raw materials and crop being produced for Britain. In addition, the yearly wages for agriculture and public services went up for Africans. In 1946 male and female Africans earned around 22 pounds per year doing public services. However, in 1955 their wages jumped up to 72 pounds per year (Doc 12). Education was also improved. Though it wasn’t compulsory, there were 3,442 schools for 395,000 students (Doc 10). This means for students who wanted to learn they could. Economically, Kenya upgraded from Britain colonizing them. In conclusion, colonialism greatly affected Kenya culturally, politically, and economically. This makes me realize, without Britain colonizing Kenya, they wouldn’t be where they are today. Though Kenya lost its culture and sovereignty, it was for their own improvement.  Britain altered their way of thinking and made them more civilized and developed.

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