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Welcome to our Wiki on the


Scramble for Africa 

by the Linchpin 7th Graders at Dwight-Englewood School

in Englewood, NJ

Ms. Tananone and Ms. Griswold, with lots of help from Mr. Campbell


Country Home Pages: Angola, Congo, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Zimbabwe 

Link to Voice Thread, for final comments


Our Project Group List 


See some of our inital work here

response to Chinua Achebe's famous quote

response to "The White Man's Burden"



"The Mad Scramble for Africa." Scramble.  4 April 2009. <http://wfps.k12.mt.us/teachers/carmichaelg/new_page_34.htm>

Comments (27)

Chen Michael said

at 8:29 pm on Apr 6, 2009

This is very interesting: it shows how different nations fought for different sections of Africa. Do you think the size of the people mean anything?

Ms. Griswold said

at 12:17 pm on Apr 7, 2009

I like how Holland and Great Britain are both grabbing for the same piece of Africa in this picture.

Ms. Tananone said

at 9:33 am on Apr 8, 2009

That is a very intriguing question Michael. You might have caught on to something because King Leopold is rather large and he controlled a substantial part of the area surrounding the Congo River. I also find it interesting that Great Britain and Holland are dressed the same. Does anybody have an idea as to why this might be?

Harrison L said

at 12:56 pm on Apr 8, 2009

y do the holland people and the british people look exactly the same

Emily K. said

at 1:00 pm on Apr 8, 2009

Does Holland and Great Britain relate to each other?

Chen Michael said

at 9:29 am on Apr 13, 2009

Yes Emily that is a very good observation. The do seem quite peculiar because of their appearance. I wonder why?

Chen Michael said

at 9:29 am on Apr 13, 2009

Yes Emily that is a very good observation. They do seem quite peculiar because of their appearance. I wonder why?

Audrey Z said

at 9:55 am on Apr 13, 2009

They were both fighting for control of South Africa.

Grace R said

at 9:58 am on Apr 13, 2009

Well maybe Holland was a colony of Britain or they were allied or something. But I googled it and I found close to no relation between Holland and Britain in the 1900s or 1800s on any of the websites i checked. They don't speak the same language either so that's not a connection between them.

Grace R said

at 10:00 am on Apr 13, 2009

Oh yeah and Audrey's thing makes sense, too, but why would they be wearing the same outfit just because they were fighting for the same territory? Isn't this drawing supposed to show the various countries trying to take possession of Africa in their own country's outfits, not just ones that show what place they are fighting for?

Anne Mirtschin said

at 2:47 am on Apr 14, 2009

Hi I am Anne Mirtschin, a teacher from Australia and my class will be working with you on this project. I have already enjoyed looking at the sketch on the front page and reading all your comments. We are still on school holidays and return next week to school. We look forward to learning about Africa from you and this site.

Sam said

at 12:02 pm on Apr 14, 2009

hi my name is Sam and i am a student from New Jersey. Nice to meet you Mz. Anne Mirtschin, I look forward to working with you. You can visit our about pages to learn more about us!

Hannah S said

at 12:32 pm on Apr 14, 2009

i like grace's explanation of harrison's/emily's question

Alex Shukhman said

at 4:41 pm on Apr 14, 2009

Netherlands and England are very close geographically, they were bound to pick some things up from each other, and because they were both going after the same place, the natives might have dismissed them as the same

Alex Shukhman said

at 7:38 pm on Apr 14, 2009

they also look like some kind of mormon people, or something, a trait they shared

Ms. Tananone said

at 7:00 am on Apr 15, 2009

The Dutch and the British have no association with Mormonism. Mormonism actually originated in the United States.

Alex Shukhman said

at 7:47 pm on Apr 15, 2009


Jason C. said

at 12:51 pm on Apr 16, 2009

cool pic

Trevor Shaw said

at 8:51 am on Apr 28, 2009

I think it's really interesting that a school from the US and a school from Australia (both of which were colonized by the British and heavily settled by the Dutch) are working on this together. I wonder what perspectives about colonization the two groups of students will discover that they might share in common and what perspectives might distinguish them. In what ways might former colonies in Africa differ from places like the US and Australia?

Kathy Christoph said

at 5:34 pm on Apr 28, 2009

I think Mr. Shaw's questions are really interesting and could provide a great lens to look at the colonization of Africa.

Margaret Ragi said

at 5:20 pm on May 5, 2009

To the students in Ms. Griswold and Ms. Tannonone: All of you are to be applauded- great, thoughtful comments that continue the dialogue - Can't wait to read comments from Autralia. Loved the creativity. Mrs. R.

Ms. Griswold said

at 10:19 am on May 6, 2009

Thanks so much for looking through our wiki Mr. Shaw, Mrs. Christoph, and Mrs. Ragi!

Taylor Mckenry said

at 7:17 pm on May 7, 2009

Hi i am taylor from hawkesdale. im one of anne mirtschins students. i am looking forward to working with you on this project.

Jason C. said

at 6:24 pm on May 13, 2009

Nice to meet you taylor

Laura Seaton-Finn said

at 8:10 am on Jun 3, 2009

I am so impressed with this site and the work you all did together to complete it. Great project!
Laura Seaton-Finn

Carol Roth said

at 2:24 pm on Jul 1, 2009

I'm reviewing your site as a great example of collaboration. Good work everyone

Elizabeth Carson said

at 2:26 pm on Jul 1, 2009

I just got to check this out! Am still checking more bout it-- and am so impressed!

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