Map of Saint-Gilles on As existing or newly established cities, usually close to a port, served as the nerve centers of colonial political and economic activities, the economic and cultural gulf between rural and urban areas widened substantially. Client classes were created to serve the colonial authorities as middlemen in political and economic fields, thus creating lasting internal fractures in colonized societies. Colonial rule was based on coercion not consent, and colonial political institutions were designed accordingly. Conse- 148 colonialism quently, the state apparatuses bequeathed by colonialism to post-colonial states are conducive to centralized authoritarian control and resistant to demands for representation and civil rights. Colonial powers demarcated their possessions without any regard for cultural, linguistic, or religious homogeneity of their colonial subjects. The straight lines running across the map of Africa are a good example of this phenomenon. As a result, many post-colonial states have territorial boundaries that do not comport to any reasonable divisions of identity, ethnicity, language, or religion; instability, social strife, and civil wars often follow. Map of Saint-Gilles 2016.
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