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Unknown. 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.

S. S. Livingstone, anchored at Leopoldville

Bridge over the lagoon at Lobito Bay

Large canoe in which Mr. and Mrs. Harris travelled up the Maringa River

The S. S. Wall steaming up the Congo

The sunken S. S. Matadi at Boma

S. S. Lapsley steaming up the Kasai

no caption [view of ship on water with oil rigs?]

No caption [view of village and landscape taken onboard a boat, similar to image 37]

S. S. Wall steaming up Congo River, below Matadi

S. S. Berthe, formerly known as S. S. Lapsley, capsized at Kwamouth in 1902, when one white man and twenty natives were drowned

Workshops at Dima, headquarters of Kasai Company

S. S. Hemptinne on the Kasai River

View on Kasai River

Taking the anchor of S. S. Antoinette ashore at wooding post above, Tse Modane, Kasai River

Canoe at Baringa racing alongside that carrying Mr. and Mrs. Harris and carriers

Steamer on Kasai River, carrying to the railhead an agent of the Katanga Company far gone in sleeping sickness

S. S. Lapsley on Kasai River

Canoe carrying produce on Aruwimi River

Railway steamer on Kasai River