The Congo Past And Present

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Congo; Past and Present
From the 1800’s to present day the Congo has changed substantially, and today still continues to change. The French, and Belgium both had a substantial effect as to how the Congo has ended up today. People such as David Livingston, H.M. Stanley, Leopold II, and Joseph Conrad all had their own influences towards the Congo whether it is negative or positive. Under these three locations and the different people the Congo has experienced changes in imperialism, colonialism, trade, the coming of missionaries, atrocities, ivory, and native populations.
Leopold II is known for being the sole founder and owner of the Congo Free State, a private project undertaken by him ("Leopold II of Belgium"). He is solely... View More »

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It is a very good thing that schools were opened in that area of the world. With the addition of an education system it gives them the ability to be able to better themselves and reach levels that they themselves never thought that they had the potential to reach.
H.M Stanley played a large role in the growing of the dominance over the Congo. He was invited by Leopold II to help head another expedition, little did he know that he would soon be responsible for a genocide that would later take place in the Congo. He helped gain land by persuading chiefs to grant their land to the Belgium king. With the help of Stanley Leopold was able to achieve his goal and take over and rule the Congo. Stanley went into the Congo not knowing what kinds of things he was going to find, he found paths and land that was to the liking of Leopold the II thus giving him an excuse to come to the Congo. Stanley is somewhat responsible to the genocide continuing there today solely because he is one of the reasons that Leopold came there in the first place. Stanley went to the Congo for one reason but his life quickly sent him on another path and he changed the lives of thousands of Congolese people.
Joseph Conrad had a dream of visiting Africa and finally it was achieved in 1889, hoping to gain incite on a different civilization he quickly realized that he had arrived at a place where atrocities such as those are hoped to no longer be in existence, yet as a society it is known that there are still genocides going on all around the world. After witnessing what he did he wrote a novel ...

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