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Leopold II of Belgium

Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:05 am

Leopold II was King of Belgium from 1865-1909. With financial support from the government, Leopold created the Congo Free State, a private project undertaken to extract rubber and ivory in the Congo region of central Africa, which relied on forced labour and resulted in the deaths of approximately 3 million Congolese.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:07 am

The regime of the Congo Free State became one of the more infamous international scandals of the turn of the century.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:08 am

The area of land privately owned by the King was an area 76 times larger than Belgium, which he was free to rule as a personal domain through his private army, the Force Publique.

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