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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Up to 8 million of the estimated 16 millionnative inhabitantsdied between 1885 and 1908 The Return on Rubber Europe The Impact on the People:Leopold II of Belgium claimed 900,000 square miles of the Congo to be a colony of Belgium. Though he had made manyimprovements to his own country, such as building structures,Leopold has caused many problems within the Congo. He enforcedquotas, one being that if a village didn't meet the requirements of theamount of rubber they needed to collect, then they would be punished by havingtheir right hands chopped off and collected. This led to many deaths ofthe African people in the Congo. European colonizers:FranceGreat Britian BelgiumSpainItalyGermanyPortugal The Role of Rubber in the Industrial Revolution:European countries "scrambled" to colonize territories within Africa.In 1884-1885 fourteen leaders of major European countries met atthe Conference of Berlin to divide Africa among themselves. There were raw materials that were found in Africa but unavailable in Europe, such as rubber. This was one of the economic motives of imperialism, which was to obtain resources that would otherwise be unavailable and then use them to manufacture items to sell. Also, by colonizing the territories, the European countries were able to have more land under their control, which provided them with an image of being more powerful. Along with the economicand political motives, the social motives for colonizing Africa was for the European countries to be seen as superior to others as well asto "civilize" the people who live within the African territories. Leopold II of Belgium took over900,000 square miles of the Congo's 905,567 square miles Julia R Kaplan Leopold II of Belgium took over900,000 square miles of the Congo's 905,567 square miles
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