Canadian William Grant Stairs: Killing Natives and Seizing their Land for Leopold II in Congo
A Brutal Part of Canada's Dark History in Africa
Publisher: Dissident Voice
Date Written: 28/06/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21009
William Grant Stairs of Halifax played an important role in two expeditions that expanded Leopold II's profitable Congolese venture, one that included forced labour and ultimately resulted in millions of deaths.
Excerpt: Between 1891 and 1908 millions died from direct violence, as well as the starvation and disease, caused by Leopold IIs terror. A quarter of the population may have died during Leopold's reign, which sparked a significant international solidarity movement that forced the Belgian government to intervene and buy the colony.