This is a 17 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on Genocide in the 19th Century - King Leopold II of Belgium. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
During the brutality of the European colonial era and imperialism of the 1880s, Europe was busy dividing up the continent of Africa as if they owned it. King Leopold II of Belgium laid personal claim to the largely uncharted Congo Free State. The 905,000 square miles of African rain forest held a vast fortune in rubber plantations, a commodity in high demand in late 19th century industrial Europe.
In 1876, Leopold formed the philanthropic organization called International African Association and became its single shareholder. Under the guise of missionary work and westernization of African peoples, Leopold II used the International African Association to further his ambitions of empire building in the hope if bringing international prestige to relatively small Belgium. In reality, the International African Association was a vehicle to enslave the people of the Congo River Basin and enrich Leopold II.
Leopold II ruled from 1885 to 1908 (23 years). During that time he massacred 10 million Africans by cutting off their hands and genitals, flogging them to death, starving them into forced labor, holding children ransom and burning villages. The ironic part of this story is that Leopold II committed these atrocities by not even setting foot in the Congo.
NOTE: DUE TO THE SUBJECT MATTER, I HAVE TRIED TO BE SELECTIVE IN THE PICTURES CHOSEN, HOWEVER SOME VIEWERS MAY FIND A FEW PICTURES GRAPHIC.
The presentation covers the following:
Leopold, Not Alone
The Congo’s Independence
The Congo Today
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This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... Genocide in the 19th Century.