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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 4% 22% million mobilephone subscribers, more than the US or EU Return On Rubber Industrialization Era Belgian Imperialism in the Congo 1884-1908 Congo Belgium Invention of automobiles and bicycles creates high demand for rubber in the European Markets. Rubber was a tree sap abundunt in the jungles of the Congo. Since Rubber was in high demand in Europe Congoleese natives would have their right hands cut off if the failed to meet their rubber quotas. As a result of the Belgian occupation of the Congo when the natives failed to met their rubber quotas they were killed and their right hands were chopped off as proof that they were killed. Over half the Congolese population of the Belgian Congo died as a result of king Leopolds imperialism of the congo. Rubber was exported from the Congo to Belgium making it one of the wealthiest countries in Europe due to the massive rubber production. The Berlin Conference of 1885 divided Africa among European nations and each large portion of Africa was given to countries with the most power. 85% 15% What congo got in return almost nothing Profit made by Belgium 1.1 billion dollars in todays money. Massive Rubber sale boosted Europe's economy all Rubber was funneled through Belgium making it one of the wealthiest countries in Europe. Congo population by 1908 65% Congo population reduction by 25% Over 15 million Congolese were killed and mutilated by Belgian forces. Leopold used his profits made from rubbers return to build infrastructures
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