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Behind Congo’s misery Frontline

Oct 16, 2020· Many mining corporations, which started their operations during the Leopold regime, continued with the exploitative activities under the direct rule of Belgium. Belgium’s brutal rule The oppressive colonial rule treated the Congolese as second-class citizens without any role in decision-making and kept them in poverty by exploiting their

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King Leopold and the Conquest of the Congo

Since Britain declined interest in making the Congo a colony, Stanley agreed to work secretly and for a large paycheck for Leopold for five years to help him turn the Congo into a colony (Pakenham 60). Stanley explained his motivation: “As yet the Congo basin is a blank, a fruitless waste, a desolate and unproductive area . . .

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Atrocities in the Congo Free State Wikipedia

In the period from 1885 to 1908, many well-documented atrocities were perpetrated in the Congo Free State (today the Democratic Republic of the Congo) which, at the time, was a colony under the personal rule of King Leopold II of the Belgians.These atrocities were particularly associated with the labour policies used to collect natural rubber for export.

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Mining in the Republic of the Congo Wikipedia

Colonial. During the colonial period, the Republic of the Congo saw small-scale mechanized mining activities. During the 1960s French exploration companies identified vast evaporative zones containing sylvinite and carnallite mineralisation covering the Congo Basin.. In 1959 COMILOG commenced manganese extraction operations near the town of Moanda in Gabon, just across the Congolese border.

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The Resource War in Africa: DR Congo

Even when Congo was finally taken away from the wicked King Leopold II, Congo was given back to the Belgian people (instead of the Congolese people) all because of Congo’s resources and the world’s interest in those resources. Congo was under Belgium’s

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Congo Free State #24 (1894) A Stamp A Day

Aug 16, 2017· Congo Free State #24 (1894) The Congo Free State (État indépendant du Congo, meaning “Independent State of the Congo”, in French, or Kongo-Vrijstaat in Dutch) was a large state in Central Africa from 1885 to 1908, which was in personal union with the Kingdom of Belgium under Leopold II.Leopold was able to procure the region by convincing the European community that he

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Leopold II Biography, Facts, & Legacy Britannica

Dec 13, 2020· Leopold II, king of the Belgians from 1865 to 1909. He led the first European efforts to develop the Congo River basin. Although he played a significant role in the development of the modern Belgian state, he was also responsible for widespread atrocities committed under his rule against his colonial subjects.

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The Effects of King Leopold on the Population of the Congo

King Leopold II (1835-1909) of Belgium created the Congo Free State in 1885 as part of a professed desire to bring civilization and modernity to Africans. The results proved devastating to the region

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The Butcher of Congo: King Leopold II of Belgium. Andre

Apr 04, 2011· King Leopold II of Belgium was responsible for the deaths and mutilation of 10 million Congolese Africans during the late 1800’s. The spoils of modern day Belgium owes much to

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Belgium's King sends 'regrets' to Congo for Leopold II

Jun 30, 2020· Philippe is a distant nephew of Leopold II, who owned what was then called Congo Free State between 1885 and 1908 and ruled its people brutally, exploiting their labor and committing atrocities

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Leopold II Biography, Facts, & Legacy Britannica

Dec 13, 2020· Leopold II, king of the Belgians from 1865 to 1909. He led the first European efforts to develop the Congo River basin. Although he played a significant role in the development of the modern Belgian state, he was also responsible for widespread atrocities committed under his rule against his colonial subjects.

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The Belgian Congo Boundless World History

Key Takeaways Key Points. The Congo Free State was a corporate state privately controlled by Leopold II of Belgium through his Association internationale africaine, a non-governmental organization supposedly dedicated to humanitarian purposes.; Under Leopold II’s administration, the Congo Free State became the site of one of the most infamous international scandals of the turn of the 20th

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Mining Gold in a Conflict Zone: The Context, Ramifications

A. Brief History of Gold Mining in the Ituri Area ¶5 Prospectors first discovered gold in the northeastern Congo in 1903.20 At that time the area belonged to Belgian King Leopold II as his personal possession, and the country was known as the Congo Free State.21 During the first half of the twentieth century,

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The Resource War in Africa: DR Congo

Even when Congo was finally taken away from the wicked King Leopold II, Congo was given back to the Belgian people (instead of the Congolese people) all because of Congo’s resources and the world’s interest in those resources. Congo was under Belgium’s

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The Atrocities of the Congo Free State Rubber Regime

Aug 11, 2018· When the Belgian King Leopold II acquired the Congo Free State during the Scramble for Africa in 1885, he claimed he was establishing the colony for humanitarian and scientific purposes, but in reality, its sole aim was profit, as much as possible, as fast as possible. The results of this rule were very uneven. Regions that were hard to access or lacked profitable resources escaped much of the

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The Economy and Political Economic History of the

The Congo River was a powerful river carrying a volume of water second only to the Amazon River. The Congo is not navigable very far from the ocean because the river drops hundreds of meters in the space of a few hundred kilometers. Beyond the cascades the Congo is wonderfully navigable but that required ships to built in the interiors.

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King Leopold II: The Forgotten Genocide in the Congo

Dec 11, 2014· Dummett, Mark. “King Leopold’s Legacy of DR Congo Violence.” (n.d.): n. pag. BBC News. BBC, 24 Feb. 2004. Web. 10 Nov. 2014. The points presented in this article show the things that King Leopold II did in the Congo during his rule. This article shows some bad things that he did and shows him for what he really was.

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The Congo: From Leopold to Lumumba

Leopold entered the Congo under the cloak and façade of a humanitarian by making hollow promises detailing his intentions to improve the quality of life in the Congo. Leopold promised to build schools, homes, and to liberate the Congolese people from Arab slave traders. But under the rule of Leopold, very little was done to improve the well

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Coard: King Leopold: Twice the monster Hitler was

Apr 07, 2018· In 1885, Leopold and his army of demons arrived. And for 23 years until 1908, he hellishly colonized the Congo (now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Red Rubber: Atrocities in the Congo Free State in

Dec 16, 2010· The ‘Congo Free State’, its almost derisive official name, was established under the aegis of the International Congo Society, an ostensibly humanitarian organisation controlled by Leopold. In 1885 Leopold secured the agreement of the major European powers at the Berlin Conference (see files FO 341/1-2) that 900,000 square miles of the

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A New Congo Crisis? Origins: Current Events in

Colonial Congo. The Congo Free State, a vast area covering much of central Africa, was the dream of Belgian King Leopold II. In 1885, he established control over a territory that had never been a single political or cultural region before.

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David Van Reybrouck’s ‘Congo’ The New York Times

May 04, 2014· Leopold’s dynastic rule could not last. In 1908 Belgium assumed full responsibility. The Belgian Congo was racist, objectionable in its inequity and plunder.

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