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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 The Return On Rubber The Return On Rubber Rubber had become a major commodityin Europe due to its usage in many ofthe new products made during the time.Rubber had been used to manufactureproducts such as hoses, tires, industrial bands,sheets, shoes, shoe soles, and many other items.These are all causes of the rubber boom, but rubberhad a huge demand when the bicycle was invented.Rubber then became more of demand when theautomobile industry had began building and flourishedin the early 1900s. Demand For Rubber Positive Return Elijah Cross 0 25 50 75 100 125 150 175 200 225 250 275 300 1838 1863 1887 1910 1937 Rubber Value Cents per pound Europe greatly benefited from TheCongo Free State. It had dramatically impacted the economy positively by supplyingEurope with the goods such as rubber which Europesuch a great demand for it, and many of the products that relied on it. These resources rapidly increasedin value over the course of a decade. Here is some pre-vulcanized rubber that was used tocreate most of the productsthat had required rubbersuch as tires Negative Effects Although Europe may have been positivelyaffected by The Congo Free state, The peopleof Africa were not. They were forced to work for the Europeans and suffered many cruel punishmentsif work was insufficient. The population had declined in millions from the people of Africa. Not only were Africans forced to work harming their bodies daily with the process of rubber extraction, but they were also no getting paid to do so. Here, is a picture of a coupleof African children who were punishedthe most common way, which was through the cutting off of their hands
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