The Consequences Of Colonialism In The King Of The Congo

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During King Leopold’s rule of the Congo, many harsh and violent actions caused many Africans to suffer immensely. As a Belgium official once said, “It is blood-curdling to see them (the soldiers) returning with the hands of the slain, and to find the hands of young children amongst the bigger ones…”. As punishment, Belgium soldiers would cut of the hands and feet of Africans. The soldiers claimed they did this because they didn’t want to waste bullets on “game hunting.” The amputated body parts were usually kept as trophies, to show bravery in battle. Colonialism is generally defined as the occupation and control of one nation by another. Over the last few hundred years, various European nations have colonized many areas of the world. These European colonies were in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and various smaller islands around the world. European nations colonized Africa from the late 19th century until the middle to later 20th century. The reason Europeans were easily able to conquer countries in Africa was because African governments had depended on slave trade, which was abolished. This led to the collapsing of…show more content…
King Leopold also ignored the treaty created at Berlin Conference, and lied to other countries about his actions in the Congo. King Leopold II should be condemned as criminal for his exploitation and abuse of the Congo Free State because of the massacre that he committed and the fact that he broke the treaty that was formed during the Berlin Conference in 1885. Many parents had to sit back and watch as their children’s hands and feet were severed as punishment, or usually for no real reason at all. Families and tribes were ripped apart, and too many people had long, painful deaths. By not convicting King Leopold, the world is saying that these actions are excusable, and are providing gateway for something similar to this happening in the

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