The Effects of Imperialism in the Congo
Local agents of Leopold's administrationwere given much power to enforce the laws.Entire villages were heldresponsible for makingenough rubber, and their women and chiefswould usually be held captive until thevillage made the rubber. The chicotte, ahippo-hide whip, was widely used to punishing people if they did not follow therules of the government. It was notuncommon for workers to be beaten to death with this instrument.Sometimes, company officials and armed African soldiers wouldset themselves up as local kings or even gods, killing andmutilating people who spoke out against them. There are manystories of soldiers and officials returning from expeditions withstrings of ears or collections of amputated hands.Leopold did make a lot of money from the Congo, much of whichhe spent on lavish public projects in country, Belgium. The Congowas eventually taken from Leopold's control and made a Belgiancolony. This was because too many people heard about the effectLeopold and his officials had in the Congo.
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