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Why was British interested in establishing control over Kenya during the European scramble for East Africa?

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British was interested in establishing control over Kenya because;

  • They were looking for raw materials for their industries
  • They were looking for markets for their manufactured goods like cotton clothes
  • They were looking for places to invest their surplus capital.
  • They were looking for precious minerals/mineral wealth.
  • The climate was suitable for diary and other forms of farming.
  • To stop slave trade and introduce legitimate trade to replace it.
  • They wanted to curb Muslim influence in the region.
  • They wanted to colonize Kenya before the European powers do so.
  • They wanted to introduce their culture to others/civilization/cultural assimilation.