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Row over statue of 'cruel' explorer Henry Morton Stanley

Plans to honour colonial explorer Henry Morton Stanley in his home town in Wales have been criticised by objectors who say his expeditions were cruel, racist and exploitative.

Leopold II (9 April 1835 – 17 December 1909) was the second #King of the #Belgians , known for the founding and exploitation of the #Congo Free State as a private venture. . . #Leopold was the founder and sole owner of the Congo Free State and all its people, a private project undertaken on his own behalf. . He used explorer Henry Morton Stanley to help him lay claim to the Congo, an area now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. . At the #Berlin Conference of 1884–1885, the…

In the first full exposé of Leopold's Congo Free State, George Washington Williams described how Henry Morton Stanley and his assistants had used a variety of tricks, such as fooling Africans into thinking that whites had supernatural powers, to get Congo chiefs to sign their land over to Leopold.

Sir Henry Morton Stanley GCB (born John Rowlands; 28 January 1841 – 10 May 1904) was a Welsh journalist & explorer famous for his exploration of central Africa & his search for missionary & explorer David Livingstone. Finding Livingstone, Stanley reportedly asked, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Stanley is also known for his search for the source of the Nile, his work in & development of the Congo Basin region in association with King Leopold II of the Belgians. He was knighted in 1899.

STANLEY, Henry Morton [alias John Rowlands] (1841-1904) explorer and journalist; founder of Belgian Congo Caption: Portrait of the Explorer looking out for M. de Brazza."I'll let him know if he Con-go on like this!" Depicted as an explorer with rifle followed by black slave Vol. 83, 28 October 1882, p.203 #Victorian #Cartoon #Punch #Periodicals #Pen #Ink #Caricature

Dragutin Lerman (1863-1918) Croatian explorer. He was a member of the 1882 Henry Morton Stanley expedition to Congo & was one of Stanley's most trusted men. Later, he was the confidant of Léopold II, King of the Belgians & the very representative of the Belgian government in the Congo. His 1st exploration trip lasted 1882-85, the 2nd 1888-90, & the 3rd 1892-94. The 4th lasted six months during 1896. During the journey through Congo in 1882, he discovered huge waterfalls on the Kouilou River