Ever since Roman times, Europe had been nibbling at the mysterious continent to the south. By the mid-1870s, much was still mysterious. No explorer had penetrated far along the dangerous latitude of zero towards the interior. But suddenly in half a generation, Europe had claimed thirty new colonies and protectorates--over 10 million square miles of new territory and over 110 million new subjects. Africa was sliced up like a cake with most slices going to Germany, Italy, Portugal, France, and Britain. In The Scramble for Africa, learn how Africa was so quickly and in some cases violently possessed.