Colonial Furniture and Decor: A Blend of Styles The nineteenth century brought a rush of adventure-seeking Europeans to Africa, following in the footsteps of eighteenth-century explorers and traders such as Henry Stanley, David Livingstone, and Richard Burton. For around 100 years, Great Britain ruled places like present-day Kenya, Nigeria, and Sudan; the French occupied today’s Algeria, Morocco, and Sierra Leone; the Belgians claimed the Congo; the Portuguese set up camp in Mozambique; and the Germans took over Tanzania. Only Liberia and Ethiopia remained African-ruled.

British colonial d é cor was a reflection of colonists adapting to their environment. Mosquito netting could be found around the bed, and white cotton upholstery was often displayed.


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