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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Villagers who failed to meet the quotaon rubber had to pay with their hands. Soldiers cut off hands instead of shooting the hand in order to prevent the cost of buying bullets. THE RETURN ON RUBBER European countries held the Berlin Conference in 1884 to divide Africa to different European countries. It was believed that the country that had the most land, was the most powerful. The Scramble for Africa was a result of the Industrial Revolution and Imperialism. King Leopold II had control over the Congo Free State in order to attain rubber. (THE CONGO FREE STATE) Positive & Negative Affects on Europe Land Ownership of Congo Free State By: Tahmina Hossain 30% of the Congo Jungle decreased due to rubber cultivation Positive & Negative Affects on Africa King Leopold II had control over most of the land in which he used to collect latex from trees. Quality of Life Changes Average Schooling Life Expectancy Average Annual Earning (in present day $) 1760 1850 $2,900 $3,200 2.7 years 39.5 years 1.4 years 34.2 years The quality of workers lives improved in some ways during the industrial revolution. The Rubber Boom! The demand for rubber increased in Europe as more commodities were being made out of rubber. As a result, African peoplein colonies were being forced to get more rubberfrom the jungles, if theywere unable to meet quota,the people were hurt. The rubber boom was alsoprofitable for the capitalists in Europe as production of commodities increased. Cities in Europe started to get crowded as people moved due to the job opportunities brought by the Industrial Revolution. Roads were made in colonies as a result of the rubber cultivation, because it was needed to access towns and the forest. This was a positive impact because roads were finally being made to make travel easier.
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