King leopold ii has the dishonorable reputation as one of the most brutal and cruel colonial rulers of the 19th century for what he has done in congo even after his merciless reign was completely turned over to belgium, tons of books, articles, photos, and essays were released to reveal all of king. Leopold ii (9 april 1835 - 17 december 1909) reigned as the king of the belgians from 1865 to 1909 and became known for the founding and exploitation of the congo free state as a private venture. King leopold ii of belgium ruled for over 40 years prince rupprecht of bavaria and king leopold ii of belgium, who was in the process of turning the belgian congo into a according to his diary, congo was struggling and suffering greatly in waging a relentless struggle against imperialism in. King leopold ii of belgium (1835-1909) was the reigning king of belgium from 1865 until his death in 1909 he managed the throne after the death of his against belgian imperialism it is hard to believe that in 2002 there is still imperialism being practiced in the world, but the fact of the matter is, it is.
In 1885 leopold ii became king of belgium and set into motion his plans for the congo free state, at the time an african colony controlled by belgium unlike other colonies, congo was not actually owned and controlled by the belgian government, but was the personal property of king leopold himself. King leopold convinced explorers, politicians, and newspapers alike that he intended to help africans, though, in reality, he was driven to find some imperial rather, leopold used its name as a shell and cover for his private ownership of the congo to his ambassador in london leopold revealed his true. Read this full essay on king leopold ii and belgian imperialism in 1865, king leopold ii succeeded his father to the thrown of belgium and thus began one of the most brutal and insensitive periods of imperialism ever to exist. King leopold ii & the belgian congo when news of the atrocities became public in 1908, the belgian government took control of the colony and renamed it the economic imperialism- independent but less developed nations controlled by private business interests rather than by other governments.
On this day in 1885, king leopold ii of belgium established the congo as a personal possession belgium, however, was not convinced, so leopold pursued colonization on his own he established a dummy non-governmental organisation, the association internationale africaine-of which leopold. 1874 near the beginning of this year king leopold ii began developing a colony for him to directly control this colony was within the congo region leopold sent henry morton stanley , a journalist, to explore the congo and make treaties with the native peoples. King leopold ii ruled over the congo and created a horror show that had a body count on par with but there was a time, at the peak of european imperialism in africa, when belgium's king leopold leopold ii took the throne in 1865 and he ruled with the kind of soft touch belgians expected from. Dark hearted leopold ii in 1876, leopold formed the philanthropic organisation association internationale africaine (international african such was the brutality of leopold's congo that those who failed to meet the rubber quotas set by the belgian officers, were routinely flogged with the. Leopold ii of belgium leopold ii (french: léopold louis philippe marie victor, dutch: leopold lodewijk filips maria victor) april 1835 - 17 december was the king of the belgians, and is chiefly remembered for the founding and exploitation of when you kill ten million africans you aren't called.
Imperialism during the 19th century, king leopold ii of belgium compared africa to a piece of cake at the berlin conference in 1885, seven european nations took slices of africa for themselves without discussing any details with africans. Leopold ii king of belgium who employed henry morton stanley to help develop commercial ventures and establish a colony called the congo free state in the basin of the congo river he was wholly responsible for the commission system used for the rubber trade in the congo free state. Leopold ii was the second king of the belgians and the founder and sole owner of the congo free state this biography of leopold ii provides detailed information about his nationality: belgian famous: emperors & kingsbelgian men also known as: léopold ii of belgium sun sign: aries. Adam hochschild's study of king leopold ii of belgium's creation of the congo free state goes to the opposing the prevailing desire of belgian parliamentarians to avoid the expense of colonies, he argued with the industrial scale of murder brought by imperialism, the use of celebrities, lobbyists. King leopold ii first became interested in the congo as a place of colonial exploration whilst following the expeditions of the british henry morton stanley in the mid nineteenth century leopold was adamant in finding a small colony for belgium and an african state seemed most desirable.
Surprisingly, king leopold ii of belgium is not much remembered today outside his home country despite of his brutalism in his small colony, congo leopold ii thought that belgium would need colonies to make sure it would prosper, and sensing that the belgians would not support colonial. It is safe to say that no other belgian monarch is as controversial as king leopold ii he was born in brussels on april 9, 1835 to king leopold i and queen louise-marie and named louis philippe marie victor his childhood was not a very happy one.
King leopold's ghost describes a period of history during which the western powers—european countries, along with in addition to these four reasons, belgian administrators, commanded by king leopold ii, offered a further arn, jackson king leopold's ghost themes: imperialism litcharts. Leopold ii leopold ii (1835-1909) was king of the belgians from 1865 to 1909 he founded the congo free state  leopold was born in brussels leopold's public career began in 1855, when he became a member of the belgian senate that same year leopold began to urge belgium's. Leopold ii: leopold ii, king of the belgians from 1865 to 1909 keen on establishing belgium as an imperial power, he led the first european efforts to develop the congo river basin, making possible the formation in 1885 of the congo free state, annexed in 1908 as the belgian congo and now the. His name is king leopold ii of belgium and the living incarnation of evil killed over 10 million innocent people in what is now called the democratic republic of 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.
Leopold ii (1835-1909) the king of belgium 1865-1909 the scramble for africa began in the mid-1870's with the purpose to colonize the dark continent much of the exploration and european interests were in the southern, northern, and eastern part of the continent. In 1865, king leopold ii succeeded his father to the thrown of belgium and thus began one of the most brutal and insensitive periods of imperialism ever to exist from manipulative treaties to straight forward intimidation, leopold dominated his empire like no other. Africanglobe - below is a letter written in 1883 by king leopold ii of belgium to belgian christian missionaries being sent to congo these christian missionaries would eventually become the spearhead of belgian colonialism only to be followed by belgian traders and lastly the belgian army. Leopold ii of the belgians (april 9, 1835 - december 17, 1909) succeeded his father, leopold i of belgium, the first king of the independent belgium, to the belgian throne in 1865 and remained king until his death he was the brother of charlotte, empress of mexico and cousin to queen victoria.