Congo Free State Essays

  • Congo Free State Imperialism

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    Republic of the Congo, formerly known as the Congo Free State while under King Leopold II’s rule. In short, this proverb describes the king of Belgium’s rule of the Congos in Africa; he wanted more control despite already ruling his own country. King Leopold II colonized the Congo by claiming it as his own property in hopes of gaining power, gaining more land mass, and obtaining natural resources for his own use and profit. The Congo was eventually annexed to Belgium. Given the size of the Congo, and the

  • King Leopold II: The Congo Free State

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    February 5, 1885, The Congo Free State was established. This was a state 76x larger than Belgium, also ruled by Leopold II. In the Congo Free State, 10 million Africans died from war, starvation, birth reduction, and diseases, and there was a great loss of land. King Leopold was fully responsible for all of the effects of the Congo Free State on its people and the region. In 1885, right after the Berlin Conference, King Leopold II became the sole owner of the Congo Free State, a state at which had an estimated

  • King Leopold 2 Summary

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    infestation of European disease, exponentially decreased the Congo Free State’s population by millions. While these horrific events ensued in King Leopold II’s private colony, he aggregated a substantial amount of profit. With his expansive earnings, King Leopold II did not contribute a dime toward the natives that performed the grueling work; rather, he built extravagant buildings in Belgium for his own personal luxury. Author David Kenneth (n.d.) states that, “Leopold enacted laws preventing European traders

  • Colonialism: The Role Of Imperialism In The Congo

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    During the second half of the 19th century, Leopold II, King of Belgium, claimed the Congo Basin during the scramble for Africa and attempted to maintain the area for his own profit, resulting in the annihilation of over half of the basin’s population through unspeakable violence and brutality. While the imperialism of the Congo may have been beneficial to Leopold II and Belgium, the impact on the Congo itself was much, much more serious and detrimental, and nothing that either side may have gained

  • Ambiguism In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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    inspired by Conrad’s journey to the Congo in 1890. • There are two narrators: an anonymous passenger on a pleasure ship, who listens to Marlow’s story. • The first narrator speaks in the first-person plural, on behalf of four other passengers who listen to Marlow’s tale, and Marlow is a first person narrator. • Opens on the Thames River outside London, where Marlow is telling the story, events of the story take place in Brussels, at the Company’s offices, and in the Congo, then a Belgian territory. • The

  • The Role Of Kurtz In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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    claimed him” which was not only his greed and thirst for power but also the darkness within humanity. Kurtz originally traveled to the Congo in hopes to enlighten and humanize the native African. However, once he was able to relish the power that belonged to him in the jungle, Kurtz could not resist the call of his own primitive greed. Within the jungles of the Congo, Kurtz experienced a power over the African men that he cannot receive in the civilized nature of Europe. The native offered “unspeakable

  • The Horrors Of Greed In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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    As Marlow is meeting with other explores in the Thames River, Marlow begins to tell his story about the horrors that he encounters while in the peak of the ivory trade in the Congo. Marlow made his way down to the Congo because he was contracted by The Company by the booming business of Ivory down in the African Congo. The company was a group of men who would patiently wait for something to happen. Marlow gets the word about a guy named Kurtz who is living in the inner station and decides to meet

  • Racism In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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    representative of the time that it was written. In another important essay response to Heart of Darkness Edward Said not only discusses the novella but responds to Achebe’s essay challenging whether or not Conrad’s words represent overt racism as Achebe states. Said claims that when writing about the natives and their incapability of independence is due to Conrad’s lack of view of the alternatives to imperialism; Conrad did not live to see what happens when imperialism came to an end (essay guy). Conrad

  • European Imperialism In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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    Heart of Darkness follows the journey up the Congo River of Marlow, a steamboat captain. Marlow comes to Africa to escape the strict confines of European society. Marlow is very idealistic, and during his travels up the Congo, he is eager to prove that there is some good to the European presence in Africa. Although Marlow looks for signs of the good of imperialism, he finds none. Because of this, Marlow is eager to meet with Kurtz, another trader in the Congo. Marlow is so eager to meet with Kurtz because

  • King Leopold's Ghost Summary

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    and conquest are reflected due to his insignificant size of his homeland. The action’s he is willing to take show that he will stop at nothing until his dreams are met. Not only does Hochschild, give several facts about the brutality shown in the Congo. He also gives background information stating Leopold’s profound love for Geography, as well as England’s empire. Hochschild makes it clear that his argument is valid, when Leopold rose to the throne and only was ambitious about ruling and owning his

  • Summary Of King Leopold's Ghost

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    No Ten Commandments from the novel King Leopold’s Ghost, written by Adam Hochschild’s was an interesting journey. Adam discussed the terrible and unmoral conditions of the Congo state from the 1800s through the 1900s. Throughout the text, the writer told the history of King Leopold II of Belgium who conquered the port of Congo which was multiple times larger than Belgium itself. There, he was the sole ruler unlike his “limited power at home”. It included tales of European males fleeing their home

  • Racism In The 19th Century

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    their germs and guns to the Congo. The deaths from the influx of sickness cannot be accurately counted, as there are no reliable records from this time due to the lack of knowledge about diseases and the Belgians did not care about how many people they slaughtered. The Belgians saw that the natives were falling victim to these common diseases and believed the natives inferior to their European breeding. Unfortunately, sleeping sickness and malaria ran rampant in the Congo due to colonization and relocation

  • King Leopold's Ghost Analysis

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    testify the Belgian King Leopold II’s atrocities in Congo between 1908 and 1909 (Hochschild, 1998). As a fiction, it intends to capture the attention of various readers towards the Belgian imperialist delinquencies through a detailed narration of a number of main characters’, including George Washington Williams and William Henry Sheppard, experiences in Belgian Congo (Hochschild, 1998). In this excerpt, it illustrates William’s peaceful exploration in Congo as an American-Black missionary. During his journey

  • Heart Of Darkness Crime And Punishment Analysis

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    of their justification throughout the story. Heart of Darkness is a philosophical adventure novel written by a famous English writer Joseph Conrad, it was published in 1902. The novel is a narrative journal of a sailor that travels up the river of Congo as a captain of a commercial vessel. Heart of Darkness is an extraordinary novel and it has overstepped the framework of its genre. Heart of Darkness portrays the fearsome and psychologically sophisticated story of the struggle between civilization

  • Analysis Of King Leopold's Ghost

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    evidence to testify the Belgian King Leopold II’s atrocities in Congo between 1885 and 1908 for the sake of capturing the attention of various readers towards the Belgian imperialist delinquencies through a detailed narration of a number of main characters’, including George Washington Williams and William Henry Sheppard, experiences in Belgian Congo (Hochschild, 1998). In this excerpt, it illustrates William’s peaceful exploration in Congo as the first American-Black missionary. During his journey,

  • King Leopold's Conquest Of The Congo

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    When Leopold II rose to the Belgian throne in 1865, he did so with the goal of building and ruling his own colony and financially profiting off it. Leopold’s acquisition and eventual conquest of the Congo was very meticulous and orchestrated and revealed his greed and willingness to exploit people and territory in order to acquire wealth. He created a guise by proclaiming his motivations toward colonization as being philanthropic and humanitarian. He did this by setting up the sham International

  • Point Of View In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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    Conrad’s novella is from a white man’s point of view who travels to the Congo. As a white man, Marlow seems superior and more privileged than other races. The story starts off with Marlow and his group traveling in The Nellie, on the Thames River: “ The day was ending in a serenity of still and exquisite brilliance. The water shone pacifically; the sky, without a speck, was a benign immensity of unstained light; the very mist on the Essex marsh was like a gauzy and radiant fabric, hung from the wooded

  • Connotation In Joseph Conrad Joseph's Heart Of Darkness

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    Conrad Joseph’s Heart of Darkness is a novel that explores both the physical and psychological journeys of the characters. The novel is set on a river which runs through Congo. The journey reveals the darkness of Africa and the darkness in the individual psyche. Marlow, the main character takes on the journey and discovers more than just the beauty of the landscapes. The novel explores the damage that colonization does to white colonizers such as the character of Kurtz. The novel also raises the

  • Congo Colonization Of Congo

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    The Democratic Republic of Congo was colonized by Belgium from 1908 to 1960 under the rule of King Leopold II. The colony was heavily relied for for their cotton, oil palms, coffee, cacao, and rubber. The colony also became an important source of gold, diamond, copper, tin, cobalt, and zinc. In addition, forced labour was used to achieve the construction of roads, railroads, electric stations, and public buildings. Congolese were cared for and treated as if they were animals. All except traditional

  • Examples Of Imperialism In Heart Of Darkness

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    masterpiece. All three pieces illustrate the hidden depth of greed and power that humanity attains with the colonization of Africa. The obsession of power pushes the European nations to cross mortal boundaries. In the nineteenth century, European States, namely being England, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, scrambled to form colonial empires and maintain and build their power. Through the expenditure, there were both pros and cons experienced along with it. From colonization, nations