Such writers have expanded the period associated with the term so that it now designates neither a policy, nor a short space of decades in the late 19th century, but a world system extending over a period of centuries, often going back to Christopher Columbus and, in some accounts, to the Crusades.  Venezuela's geopolitical ambitions grew as oil profits increased with much of the country's foreign policy involving oil politics. England's imperialist ambitions can be seen as early as the 16th century as the Tudor conquest of Ireland began in the 1530s. The emergence of the Encomienda system during the 16th–17th centuries in occupied colonies within the Caribbean basin reflects a gradual shift in imperial prioritization, increasingly focusing on large-scale production and exportation of agricultural commodities. After the First Boer War, the South African Republic and Orange Free State were recognised by Britain but eventually re-annexed after the Second Boer War. Lenin's critique of imperialism and financial capital. Its power, both military and economic, remained unmatched for a few decades. The United States purchased the Danish West Indies in 1917. :173–76 Colonialism can completely change the existing social structure, physical structure, and economics of an area; it is not unusual that the characteristics of the conquering peoples are inherited by the conquered indigenous populations. Dave, Bhavna. Finally, the Eastern territories captured in the Middle ages were torn from Germany and became part of Poland and the USSR as a result of the territorial reorganization established by the Potsdam conference of the great powers in 1945.  Previously, the term had been used to describe what was perceived as Napoleon III's attempts at obtaining political support through foreign military interventions. Cosimo, Inc., 2005. p. v. "British Empire" British Empire | historical state, United Kingdom | Encyclopædia Britannica Online, Theodore M. Vestal, "Reflections on the Battle of Adwa and Its Significance for Today", in.  It first became common in the current sense in Great Britain during the 1870s, when it was used with a negative connotation. The Royal Geographical Society of London and other geographical societies in Europe had great influence and were able to fund travelers who would come back with tales of their discoveries. :170–75 The meaning of imperialism is to create an empire, by conquering the other state's lands and therefore increasing its own dominance. a form of soft power, which changes the moral, cultural, and societal worldview of the subordinate country.  This provided incentives for imperial and colonial powers to obtain "information to fill in blank spaces on contemporary maps"..  The French imperial history was marked by numerous wars, large and small, and also by significant help to France itself from the colonials in the world wars. , On 12 November 1962 the Venezuelan foreign relations minister, Marcos Falcón Briceño [es], denounced the validity of the 1899 Arbitral Award of Paris, which was favourable to the United Kingdom, in the United Nations General Assembly Fourth Committee after the Mallet-Prevost Memorandum was published, arguing that Venezuela considered the Award null due to "acts contrary to the good faith" by the British government and the members of the Award's tribunal. Lenin’s theory of imperialism has proven to be a highly flexible instrument for understanding the imperialism today. During the First World War, Italy occupied southern Albania to prevent it from falling to Austria-Hungary. It was invested abroad because of lower wages paid to the workers overseas made for higher profits and higher rates of return, compared to domestic wages. Supporters of "imperialism" such as Joseph Chamberlain quickly appropriated the concept. Some also argued that the USSR practiced colonialism as did other imperial powers and was carrying on the old Russian tradition of expansion and control. Nearly all of France's colonies gained independence by 1960, but France retained great financial and diplomatic influence. A second objective was the evangelization of subjugated indigenous populations residing in mineral-rich and strategically favorable locations.