The first European colonization wave took place from the early 15th century (Portuguese conquest of Ceuta in 1415) until the early 19th century (French invasion of Algeria in 1830), and primarily involved the European colonization of the Americas, though it also included the creation of European colonies in India and other Asian countries (Spanish conquest of Philippines). The colonization of Africa largely did not take place during this era. During this period, European interests in Africa were primarily focused on the establishment of trading posts there, particularly for the Atlantic slave trade.
The second major phase of European colonization, which was primarily focused on Africa and Asia, is known as the period of the New Imperialism.
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