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  • AFRICA

    Africa

    Between 1885 and 1908, several million African slaves died extracting rubber from the Congo Free
    State, an area 76 times the size of Belgium. This private project belonged exclusively to one man –
    the Belgian king, Leopold II. When increased demand for tyres, tubing and cable insulation caused a
    worldwide rubber boom during the 1890s, King Leopold grew even wealthier.