Wolf 359

Star Trek, Black Power, videogames and my ramblings (in that order). 


What Really Happened in the Congo: Belgium’s ‘Heart of Darkness’

Leopold famously said when he was forced to hand over the Congo Free State to the Belgian nation: “I will give them my Congo but they have no right to know what I have done there,” and proceeded to burn archives.


Did y’all know about this?

“Slavery seemed eternal and the profits mounted. Never before, and perhaps never since, has the world seen anything proportionately so dazzling as the last years of pre-revolutionary San Domingo. Between 1783 and 1789 production nearly doubled. Between 1764 and 1771 the average importation of slaves varied between ten and fifteen thousands. In 1786 it was 27,000, and from 1787 onwards the colony was talking more than 40,000 slaves a year. But economic prosperity is no guarantee of social stability. That rests on the constantly shifting equilibrium between the classes… With every stride in production the colony was marching to its doom.”

– C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution (via guitarbains)