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As one of the Congos greatest benefactors of all time King Leopold II was a man who manipulated the citizens of Europe and the United States into thinking that his tasks in the Congo were solely for the good of the international community Through the colonization of the Congo Leopold took complete control of the people forcing them to work relentlessly to collect and create mass amounts of ivory rubber and weapons for the countries of Europe but would get nothing in return Although nobody ever knew about this let alone questioned it ED Morel a shipping clerk soon noticed a false shipping record from the Free State which claimed there was not enough supplies being shipped and not enough money being made He discovered that on the contrary the Congo had a hidden fortune of 500000 meaning that this money could have only come from the involuntary labor of natives of the Congo When Morel published his findings many others began to report the terrible actions of Leopold as more people discovered what was happening in the Congo Morel Fox Bourne and John Holt came together to form the Congo Reform Association in 1903 to help to defend the accusations made against Leopold Through the development of the Congo Reform Movement the ideas of expectation versus reality of the Congo caused people to become outraged and turn against Leopold leading to his eventual downfallPrior to the information about the realities of Leopolds Free State being exposed many people believed that the Congo was a wonderful place to be They heard about it as a place of fostering care benevolent enterprise and an honest and practical effort to increase the knowledge of the natives and secure their welfare between goods that would be traded back and forth colonization of the state and the profit that King Leopold would make it sounded like a great opportunity for both the native
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