Batetelan Uprising in the Belgian Congo 1895

[ 1895 ]

In 1885, King Leopold II (1835-1909) of Belgium gained international recognition as head of the newly formed Congo Free State (Zaire) in equatorial Africa. He treated the vast area as his private domain, and his administrators were noted for their cruelty and harshness toward the black native Africans. In 1895, the Batetelas, a warlike native tribe that lived in the Lomani River and Llua River areas of the Congo, rose up against their stern Belgian masters, but were soon suppressed.

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