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King Leopold II of Belgium

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King Leopold.

Prince Leopold of Belgium, later King Leopold III.

King Leopold II of Belgium and Princess Marie Henrietta of Austria

Shows Congolese under King Leopold II of Belgium with their hands chopped off for not meeting rubber quotas. c. late 1800s

Prince Leopold of Belgium, future King Leopold III of the Belgians.

'In the Rubber Coils', a Punch cartoon of 1906, shows King Leopold's stranglehold on the Congo. The brutal treatment of the Congolese people by King Leopold eventually caught international attention and he was forced to abandon the country.