Belgian Colonialism

Sep 2006
1,453
Korea (but I'm American!)
How did Belgium ever get a hold of the Congo? It seems that for most of its history, Belgium was the one being conquered and trampled over.
 

Belisarius

Forum Staff
Jun 2006
10,359
U.K.
He exploited the greed of the commercial interests of the Great Powers, a true triumph of Capitalism.:)
 
Jul 2006
1,315
Hellas
And not only this the rule of King Leopold II was criminal he exploited harsh the resources, was responsible for the death of many people. In 1908 after international protest about the savagery of his rule he give up his rule that was passed to the Belgium parliament.
After that the economy and conditions in Congo were going only better.