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    King Leopold Impact

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    responsible for the deaths of 11 million people. However, few people realize that King Leopold helped plan the deaths of 8 million people. The deaths of these people, still impacts the Congo today. At the Berlin Conference in 1884, King Leopold was granted the Congo for his personal territory. During his 23 years of reign, Leopold generated a significant amount of profit from the rubber business. Throughout this time, Leopold commanded the Congolese people to work until death. Thousands of people were

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    King Leopolds Imperialism

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    In the late 19th century, the Congo was but a peaceful African country – a land rich in farms, rainforests, and hard workers, but by the time the imperialist King Leopold II finally ceded the Congo Free State to Belgium in 1908, the Congo was without 10 million people and those that remained were scarred with terrible memories. Imperialist countries seek to expand their empire or create an empire by taking control of another country for a number of reasons including political, social, cultural, military

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    and murder.” This quote best exemplifies the ideology that enabled King Leopold the Second to exploit and destroy an area seventy-six times larger than Belgium itself.1 He did what no other man or country could have fathomed of doing at the time,. The origins of greed and his constant manipulation of perception created one of the most deadly periods of time in not just African history, but in world history. It is through “King Leopold’s Ghost” that a modern outsider can

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    King Leopold Imperialism

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    19th century to the early 20th century reveals much of the cruelty and darkness of European colonization in Africa. After establishing the Congo Free State in 1885, King Leopold II of Belgium controlled the Congo as his personal state and justified the two-decades-long reign by the need of the civilization in the Congo. However, under King Leopold’s moral statement is his hunger for wealth and power. As one of the enduring themes in the study of international relations, the pursuit of individual’s or

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    an end to Leopold’s brutality. King Leopold was one of the sneakiest European leaders. His ambitions to increase his country’s power lead him to hunt for a colony. Leopold was able to manipulate his people, and he tried to hide his true intentions for wanting

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    King Leopold and the Belgian Congo It is widely debated why exactly King Leopold decided to conquer the Congo, but the general consensus seems to be that it was out of the belief that “the highlands of the Congo may be as rich in gold as the mountains of the western slope of the American Continent” (Stead). In the mid-1870s, the King hired Henry Stanley, who was familiar with many parts of Africa, to help him go about conquering. During the following years Stanley stayed in Africa, talking various

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    King Leopold II and Joseph Stalin were both tyrants who ruled during different times in history. Both men ruled their respective territories almost solely autonomously and exploited, mutilated, and murdered the people who they should have been protecting. The atrocities committed by these are remembered as some of the most horrific crimes committed during their respective centuries of rule. It is important to understand that these men did not begin their rein with the intent on killing millions

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    Striving to not be left behind by the African colonial train king Leopold II’s attainment of the Congolese people left a scar that is still very visible today. His hunger for power, money, and global recognition by the European powers drastically altered the way of life for those residing in the Congo for generations. King Leopold II’s authority of the Congo was solidified during the Berlin Conference as the he had convinced the European powers of the necessity of Belgium’s presence in the Congo

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    Essay King Leopold: The Oppressor

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    King Leopold II of Belgium’s speech delivered to missionaries traveling to the Congo describes an attempt by the king to justify the subjugation of the Congolese people for the benefit of the Belgian economy. King Leopold directed his speech to the Catholic missionaries who were planning on working with the indigenous population of the Congo in 1883. Leopold, blinded by racism and imperialist greed, stresses that the missionaries should selectively interpret their Bible teachings in a manner that

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    Characterized by ambition and restlessness from an early age, King Leopold II of Belgium utilized his desire to make a name for himself, while increasing his personal wealth and power, and deftly harnessed subterfuge in order to convince the Belgian government that his interests in Africa were philanthropic, all the while exploiting and deceiving the native peoples of the Congo. However, it was this same relentless ambition which would eventually lead to Leopold’s being forced to sell his colonial

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