What drove France to build a vast colonial empire?
In a battle for colonial expansion, not only France, but GB, Belgium, Italy is all capable of spreading their imperial power to other nations. France wanted to regain their status as the world’s superpower. Along with all of the other nations, France was in it for the weapons, power and profits. Countries like the US were taking islands such as Hawaii for naval base purposes. France was spreading their republic powers to smaller, less powerful nations to gain economic exploits of goods (didn’t work out too well, market was saturated already). France wanted to spread the 3Gs: God, Glory and Gold. God stood for Western Civilization; not just Christianity and the third Republics ideals of Liberty, equality and fraternity. This whole expansion was seen as Darwinism and that “only the strongest nations would survive”.