The Congo By Joseph Conrad

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When the European powers of Great Britain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, and others joined together in the Berlin West Africa Conference of 1885 and divided Africa into their own separate colonies, the Congo was established as a personal playground for Belgium’s King Leopold II. In order to efficiently extract resources such as ivory and rubber from the country, several companies were formed. These companies were of course owned by Belgium and they solicited seaman, such as Conrad, to travel into Africa and manage the work of the slaves. In 1890, Joseph Conrad signed a 3-year contract with one of these companies and became the captain of a steamboat set to sail on the Congo River. Although the story narrates what Conrad personally witnessed and
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