Imperialism And The Congo : Imperialism

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Imperialism in the Congo

What is imperialism? According to Britannica, imperialism is a state policy, practice, or advocacy of extending power and dominion, especially by direct territorial acquisition or by gaining political and economic control of other areas. Belgium taking over the Congo is an example of this. The Congo was a peaceful country, located in the heart of Africa, consisting of warm sunny days and beautiful Lake Malebo. The people were free, and happy. This was before the hell started… King Léopold II was the reason for this to happen. Léopold found the Congo and immediately fell in love with all the resources that flourished there. Léopold then went on to colonizing the Congo and taking it in for his own. He colonized the
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Livingstone, I presume?”. This was the formal yet informal meeting of the two. Livingstone ended up passing away shortly in 1873. Stanley was very interested in Livingstone’s explorations and wanted to continue his legacy (David Livingstone. Web). Stanley went on to continue to explore the Congo, as he was very intrigued by the resources it had to offer. He found that there was an abundance of ivory, iron, and especially rubber. He wrote about his findings and published them all throughout Europe. Stanley anticipated to develop the Congo region, but found failure in gaining the support he needed from the British. He went on to ask the Belgian king at the time - King Léopold II. Léopold was on board with Stanley’s demands and was thrilled to tap into the Congo’s wealth (Henry Stanley. Web). This marks the start of the idea to have imperialised the Congo.
Once Léopold and Stanley came together to discuss their ideas of imperialism in the Congo, Leopold decided they needed some way to seize the land to make it his. Leopold sent Stanley down to the land, and discussed a written agreement which explained how Leopold would take over the land to prevent the Arabs from abducting the congolese as slaves. The Congolese could not understand very well, as their main language was French, but nevertheless agreed to the compliance (AWPHRocklin Belgian Congo. Web). Leopold then went on to controlling the land and forced the congolese to do

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