This is King Leopold II of Belgium. He “owned” the Congo during his reign as the constitutional monarch of Belgium. After several failed colonial attempts in Asia and Africa, he settled on the Congo. He “bought” it and enslaved its people, turning the entire country into his own personal slave plantation. He disguised his business transactions as “philanthropic” and “scientific” efforts under the banner of the International African Society. He used their enslaved labor to extract Congolese…
A vivid novelistic narrative that makes the reader acurately aware of the magnitude of the horror perpetrated by King Leopold II and his minions (to the Congolese during Belgian Colonization Era) -New York Times-
King Leopold's legacy of DR Congo violence: Of the Europeans who scrambled for control of Africa at the end of the 19th century, Belgium's King Leopold II left arguably the largest and most horrid legacy of all.
Leopold's real motives for founding the Congo Free State, however, were far from altruistic: financial gain, regardless of the human cost, was the king's sole ambition. Leopold's attention had been drawn to Central Africa by a report in The Times (11 January 1876) headed 'African Exploration', which described the interior of Africa as 'a magnificent and healthy country of unspeakable richness' that would 'repay any enterprising capitalist that might take the matter in hand.'
BELGIUM: If There Is No Statue Of Adolf Hitler, There Shouldn’t Be Statue Of Leopold
Congo Free State/Belgian Congo 1904. King Leopold II's African Genocide in the name of Christianity and Capitolism. The king's new private colony became a massive labour camp, where he made a fortune for himself from the harvest of its wild rubber, and was responsible for the death of millions - estimates vary from 5 million to 13 million people. Anyone who failed to bring enough rubber for agents was killed. Those who failed to pay their taxes were condemned to slavery.
Under King Leopold II, the state of Belgium murdered 10 million Africans in Congo, academics have yet to call this genocide. As retaliation against communities that had not met their quota in rubber plantions. The Belgians, KING LEOPOLD II cut off the hands of adults and children. Following an outcry at the barbarity of the situation, the Belgium Parliament stop KING LEOPOLD OF BELGIUM from CONGO.