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Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza

Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza

A father stares at the hands of his five year-old daughter, which were severed as a punishment for having harvested too little caoutchouc/rubber

A father stares at the hands of his five year-old daughter, which were severed as a punishment for having harvested too little caoutchouc/rubber

Africa | Old Pahouine woman. Fang people.  French Congo (Brazzaville) | Cropped postcard image.  Photographer J Audema, ca. 1905

Africa | Old Pahouine woman. Fang people. French Congo (Brazzaville) | Cropped postcard image. Photographer J Audema, ca. 1905

Translated caption reads: ''French Congo and Territories - Banziri woman- Hairstyle made with pearls called Bayakas ''. Profile of a woman wearing bracelets and bead and shell necklaces. Congo Français. Photograph by J. Audema. ca 1905

Translated caption reads: ''French Congo and Territories - Banziri woman- Hairstyle made with pearls called Bayakas ''. Profile of a woman wearing bracelets and bead and shell necklaces. Congo Français. Photograph by J. Audema. ca 1905

Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza (1852-1905). French explorer and colonial administrator. Born to Italian nobility in Brazil, he joined the French navy. He explored the Ogoou River (in present-day Gabon). Racing his British-U.S. counterpart, H.M.Stanley, Brazza was sent to explore the Congo River region. There he founded the French (Middle) Congo, explored Gabon, and founded the city of Brazzaville, adding some 500,000 sq km. to the French colonial empire. From 1886 to 1897 he governed a colony…

Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza (1852-1905). French explorer and colonial administrator. Born to Italian nobility in Brazil, he joined the French navy. He explored the Ogoou River (in present-day Gabon). Racing his British-U.S. counterpart, H.M.Stanley, Brazza was sent to explore the Congo River region. There he founded the French (Middle) Congo, explored Gabon, and founded the city of Brazzaville, adding some 500,000 sq km. to the French colonial empire. From 1886 to 1897 he governed a colony…

Africa | Bangala woman.  French Congo (Brazzaville). | Postcard image; Photography J Audema.  ca. 1905

Africa | Bangala woman. French Congo (Brazzaville). | Postcard image; Photography J Audema. ca. 1905

Ca. 1905. Translated caption reads: ''French Congo and Territories - Dakois type (Banda race) Kouango region''. Group of people, composed of a man holding a spear in his left hand and three women with lipplugs and labrets. Congo Français. Photograph by J. Audema

Ca. 1905. Translated caption reads: ''French Congo and Territories - Dakois type (Banda race) Kouango region''. Group of people, composed of a man holding a spear in his left hand and three women with lipplugs and labrets. Congo Français. Photograph by J. Audema

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