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In 1871, report Henry Stanley found Dr.Livingstone on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.Stanley's famous greeting-"Dr.Livingstone, I presume?"-made headlines around the world.
Stanley set out to explore Africa himself and trance the course of the Congo River.
His explorations sparked interest in King Leopold II of Belgium, who commissioned Stanley to help him obtain land in the Congo.
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Between 1879 and 1882, Stanley singed treaties with local chiefs of the Congo River valley.The treaties gave King Leopold II of Belgium control of these lands.
Leopold claimed that his primary motive in establishing the colony was to abolish the slave trade and promote Christianity. However, he licensed companies that brutally exploited Africans by forceing them to collect sap from rubber plants .
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1908, the Belgian government took control of the colony away from Leopold rule.The Belgian Congo, as the colony later became know, was 80 times larger than Belgium.
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