The Importance Of The Colonization Of Africa

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The history of a country is significant to the country because it has shaped it to be what it is today. Not only is it important to the country but to the society, as a famous quote went; "people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots". One significant historical event to not only a country and society but to a whole continent was the colonization of almost all the African countries by the European countries. In the 19th and 20th century the Europeans begun to colonize Africa. In fact, by 1900 most of Africa had been colonized by Europe and this event was known as the "Scramble for Africa" in which the Europeans had invaded, exploited and occupied most of Africa. By the 1910s Europe had …show more content…
King Leopold the second had encouraged Belgium to have colonies but they were not interested and instead, King Leopold went out himself and colonized the Congo free state-what it was known as. During the 19th century till the 20th century, King Leopold from Belgium had owned the Congo country in Africa which had then later became a colony of Belgium. King Leopold the second and Henry Stanley had gone to the country of Congo and aimed to 'own ' it so that they may exploit their people and natural features which was mainly rubber. Henry Stanley had persuaded the Congolese Chiefs into signing a treaty between them and a powerful man, King Leopold the second of Belgium. He even said to them that this man was so powerful he controlled the sun! King Leopold the second was known as the white king and Henry Stanley as the man who stole Belgium. Henry Stanley had gone to Belgium in 1876 for the exploration of the country and to persuade the chiefs. In 1885 Belgium was a personal possession of Leopold. By owning the Congo land King Leopold had owned one million square miles of central Africa and 20 million people. He then put the Congolese people into labour. Between 1880 and 1890 the Europeans had developed in the Car industry and needed rubber for their new tires and Congo had the world 's largest amount of rubber and thus, King Leopold wanted as much rubber as he could get quickly. He had made the Congolese go into the forest, to search for rubber and bring it back to him. King Leopold had made some of the Belgians into soldiers and their job was to cut off the hands of dead and even living people who went into the forest. The right hands of the Belgian people had been thrown into the river. King Leopold 's quest for rubber was at the cost of hundreds of poor Congolese lives simply because he wanted all the rubber he could get and quickly. As King Leopold had exploited the people and their resources his profits had

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