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A cool spring of clearest water at Ikau, upper Congo

A dam in construction across the Catumbella River

A field of white water-lilies, Maringa River

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Alice Seeley Harris Crossing the Bridge

Alice Seeley Harris crossing a bridge with a group of Africans. 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.

American trading factory at mouth of Black River. Upper Congo

Backwater near Lobito Bay, the home of flocks of flamingos

Bay of San Tome with sides of Pier shewing steps where servicaes land

Boats carrying repatriated "servicaes" ashore at Novo Redondo from S. S. Zaire

Bolobo traders with their produce, brought by canoe over 200 miles

Bridge over the lagoon at Lobito Bay

Camping in the forest at Bashishombe, Kasai River

Camping on the banks of the Bocima River

Canoe carrying produce on Aruwimi River

Canoe carrying three large wicker fishing traps. Upper Kasai

Canoe laden with produce, Lulanga River. Upper Congo

Canoe with produce on the Aruwimi

Canoeing on the Aruwimi. Mrs. Harris and native attendants in foreground

Canoes which have carried produce of Bolobo native traders to Leopoldville

Cataract region below Stanley Pool

Cattle at Loanda