The Plundering of West Africa and its Kingdoms for Art, Labor, and Wealth
In West Africa during the time of colonialism not so long ago, people were slaughtered for standing against European interests and their possessions were outright stolen from them.
Klaue stated that vibranium was known to the people of Wakanda as "Isipho," meaning "the gift." If this was a "gift" to humanity, why was this gift to the world kept such a closely guarded secret from the world for so long? Could it be that Wakanda had already lost some of that precious mineral to the world at some point(s) in time?
Killmonger alludes to colonial era history when he says that the war hammer in the museum was "taken by British solders in Benin." This is real history. It was "submit or die" and the dead had no say in where those objects they made would be taken to show off as trophies of their surrender or annihilation.
'Everyone gets his share'
French caricature of Bismarck, dividing Africa like a cake
From L’Illustration, 1885
The European Colonization of Africa
This map shows African territories as they had been colonized by European nations.
The map compares today’s borders (drawn in white)
with the borders that had been made in 1914 (shown in color.)
Representatives of the chief colonial powers held a meeting on November 15, 1884 that came to be known as the Berlin, Congo, or West African Conference.