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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 In Congo of 1908, the damage of Leopold's regime had causedthe population of Congolese to shrink about 10 million. It was the invasion and occupation, colonization and annexation of African territory by European powers. The 14 leaders divided the continent amoungst themselves to end the confusion over the control of Africa. Leopold II of Belgium 1890 s 1890 s Leopold's Fortune Demands on rubber boomed 1908 The Belgian gov. managed to relinquish control of the Congo. The enforcement of the quotas was through violence and death was the result if failed to achieve them. Victim's hands were cut off for every bullet spent; since King Leopold's Force Publique has the aim of preventing their soldiers from wasting the ammunition. "The Return On Rubber" 1890s A long memorandum was published 1900 "The Return On Rubber" 40% A "return" is a profit gained or loston an initialinvestment. Rubber became amaterialthat resulted the Industrial Revolution and a enlargement of electricity. "Scramble for Africa"1884-1885 Leopold extracted a fortune from the Congo. It was made possible by forced labor from the Congolese to harvest and process rubber. Population During Leopold's Regime "Congo Atrocities" (1835-1909) The King of Belgiumwho began imperialistic trade inside of Africa which resulted in the Scramble for Africa. This return on the rubber provided Leopold with money to build monuments and buildings that still stand in Belgium today. by Javier E. Rivas The effect on Leopold's fortune is dramatic. The Congo Free State exports less than 250 tons of rubber in 1892, more than 1500 tons in 1897. Leopold is suddenly flush with wealth. He spends much of it on lavish public projects. 0 250 500 750 1000 1250 1500 1750 2000 1892 1897 Number of tons Year of Production
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