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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 RUBBER 8,000,000 shrunk by Lasting Impacts of double click to changethis text! Drag a cornerto scale proportionally. 30% Congolese natives died as a result of rubber production jungle From 1884 to 1906 the Congo was controlled by a company owned by King Leopold II of Belgium. The high demand for rubber in Europe led to environmental consequences; many vines/trees were killed , making it more difficult to locate rubber. Villages who failed to pay quotas were forced to pay in hands instead. Every hand proved a kill, but many soldiers simply took hands without killing to shorten their service terms. During the Industrial Revolution the production of rubber increased and led to higher production of rubber products such as hoses, tires, valves, and contraceptives. Belgium became wealthy from the sale of rubber and the buildings and public works were funded by these sales. King Leopold II also used this to build numerous private properties for himself and future leaders in and outside of Belgium. The rubber boom that occurred during this time also led directly to the automobile boom in the early 1900s, as rubber was used for tires as well. This meant more business and revenue for big business owners whose factories relied raw material found in Africa such as rubber. The Congo Gavin Singh The invention of the bicycle in 1830 and production of automobiles in 1895 led to a demand for rubber throughout Europe. The Congo Free State population decreased by HALF Due to eradicationof the jungle and theneed to meet quotas,villages could not tendto their own substancefarms, leading to a foodcrisis.
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