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Bad Deal in the Congo In the book King Leopolds Ghost the author Adam Hochschild commenting on two chiefs that sold their land to Stanley for a few pieces of cloth per month and signed themselves up for any labor that had to be done in the area he says It was an even worse trade than the Indians in Manhattan 72 I would have to totally agree with him One reason that I think Hochschild is right in saying that the Native Americans got a longer piece of the stick from the white man than the Congolese is because the treaties actually had very different impacts on the two groups of peoples In the case of the Native Americans they signed their land over to the Dutch and eventually had to relocate and move out into the plains Thus displacement was the only real physical effect that was felt from selling the land However in the Congoleses case the two chiefs signed their people up for doing forced labor of any kind in the area that needed to be done This caused tons of physical pain among the villagers--- not just by having to do labor but also by punishments issued by their taskmasters for simple if not trivial rule infractions More evidence that the Congolese people were getting a worse deal than the Native Americans can be found by looking at the economics of the two treaties For example the Native Americans sold their land to the Dutch for a measly 24 dollars Even if we ignore the fact that the value of the land had the potential to go up in price and instead take into consideration how much the land was worth to the colonists in that day we will still see that the Native Americans were paid far less than the actual value of the land They were however still paid something for the land In the case of the
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