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"Servicaes", graveyard on cocoa roço. San Thomé

A baobab tree with pigeon cotes on trunk. Fruit of the tree eaten by Mohammedans

A Baringa paddler – famous for his boat songs

A bowl of white water-lilies, Maringa

A bunch of young bananas with edible purple seed lobe

A chief on the Ikelemba, who entertained Mr. and Mrs. Harris in his compound

A Cocoa Roca, San Tomè.


A Congo chief with a few of his reputed 1000 wives

A Congo forest fruit, considered by the natives to resemble the imported pineapple, to which they give the same name

A cool spring of clearest water at Ikau, upper Congo

A dam in construction across the Catumbella River

A difficult tramp through the Ikelemba – Juapa watershed

A field of white water-lilies, Maringa River

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A Group of African Children

A group of African children. This image formed part of the Harris Lantern Slide Collection. Under King Leopold II the Congo Free State used mass forced labour to extract rubber from the jungle for the European market. As consumer demand grew King Leopold II's private army - the Force Publique - used violent means to coerce the population into meeting quotas, including murder, mutilation, rape, village burning, starvation and hostage taking. Alice Seeley Harris and her husband Reverend John H. Harris were missionaries in the Congo Free State from the late 1890s. Alice produced a collection of images documenting the horrific abuses of the African rubber labourers. Her photographs are considered to be an important development in the history of humanitarian campaigning. The images were used in a number of publications. The Harrises also used the photographs to develop the Congo Atrocity Lantern Lecture which toured Britain and the the USA raising awareness of the issue of colonial abuses under King Leopold II's regime. Source: Antislavery International.

A group of Congo women

A loop of a giant vine, Ikelemba forest

A maize field on the Kasai

A mango tree with fruit Leopoldville

A missionary's house at Yalemba, Stanley Falls District. Material imported from Europe

A road in Benguella