O'Reilly logo

The History of Mining: The events, technology and people involved in the industry that forged the modern world by Michael Coulson

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

5. Copper in Central Africa

The developing Industrial Revolution meant that during the 19th century leading industrial powers were anxious to obtain secure raw material supplies for their fast growing manufacturing base. We have seen that the United States was extremely fortunate in having abundant local sources of metals and minerals, and this put it at an advantage over one of its main rivals, Great Britain, which apart from coal was fast running out of economically exploitable raw materials. Britain, however, had its Empire, which supplied it with all sorts of agricultural commodities and had the potential to do the same with metals and minerals. Of particular importance here was Africa, where Britain’s colonies in the west and central southern ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required