Essay about The Congo Of The Zaire Of Africa

1308 Words Nov 14th, 2016 6 Pages
Imperialism in Europe was significant in the 19th and early 20th century. Europeans laid eyes on Africa and realized the potential of Africa’s resources. European nations in the late 19th C. expanded with the precept of ‘civilizing’ Africa but, also with the hidden intention of reaping profit, exploiting trade, and the ongoing competition between European empires. Congo was a peculiar scenario and the Belgian monarch was behind it all. Leopold’s reign of the Congo started with many promises of prosperity for the Congolese. The promises would not materialize under Leopold. Leopold’s main desire was a source of wealth, his false precept of civilization were contradicted by his agents in the Congo. These contradictions led to mass brutality in the Congo Basin, because of King Leopold’s white superiority complex. The brutality in the Congo was inevitable and the logical result because of the Europeans contradictory understanding of imperialism. The Congo Basin was known as ‘the heart of Africa’ as it was in the centre of Africa and it was rich with resources. The Congo Basin was claimed by King Leopold II of Belgium by unorthodox methods. Now Leopold and the Belgian monarch had complete control of the Congo. The Belgian empire was not the only empire that had a colony in Africa. Many European empires like Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, and Italy had huge portions of land in Africa. The German Chancellor Bismarck noticed the huge allure over Africa so he organized…

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