Talk:Congo Free State

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A Commons file used on this page or its Wikidata item has been nominated for deletion[edit]

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The third paragraph of the lead mentions "deaths caused by the exploitation and the lack of immunity to new diseases introduced by contact with European colonists". This is reffed to the Oxford History of Africa. I don't have access to that source, so I can't check if that's what it really says -- but the diseases that felled so many of the Africans were endemic, not introduced. The population's vulnerability was due not to European introduction, but to the chaos, malnutrition, and exhaustion resulting from the European regime. -- Elphion (talk) 20:51, 30 April 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Orphaned table[edit]

Midofe1996 (talk · contribs) added an irrelevant table with no context; I have reverted this. Midofe1996 has added this table (against concensus) several times at Atrocities in the Congo Free State. See Talk:Atrocities in the Congo Free State#Orphaned table for the discussion at that article. Most of the points raised there apply here as well. -- Elphion (talk) 00:17, 4 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Why irrelevant? This table is totally documented Midofe1996 (talk) 01:12, 4 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

As explained at Talk:Atrocities in the Congo Free State#Orphaned table -- Elphion (talk) 14:26, 4 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The table has been removed again. Midofe1996 (talk) has still not given any indication why the table is relevant. -- Elphion (talk) 20:43, 1 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

pictures Economy during Leopold's rule[edit]

"Mining by the company Union Minière du Haut Katanga" is a picture of 1922, not Congo Free State but Belgian Congo, it could be used in the Belgian Congo article, but should be removed here Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum (talk) 17:44, 4 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I agree that the photos are most likely from ca 1922. They appear in a 1922 periodical touting progress in the Katanga mining operation, so although undated, they are likely from shortly before publication. The Commons description of the photos dates them to 1891, but I suspect that date comes from the text "Established in 1891" prominently displayed just below the banner of the periodical. The links in the Commons description supporting the 1891 date are completely unhelpful. I've updated the Commons description accordingly. -- Elphion (talk) 18:25, 4 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]