The King of South America

Simón Bolívar (1783–1830) may not have been the King of South America, but he came pretty damn close.

Human Zoos

Only decades ago, human zoos were very popular. The main purpose was to entertain by showing off people of foreign ethnicities like animals. Africans, Native Americans, Asians and many other peoples were captured and brought to Europe or North America, where they were kept under horrid conditions. Even young children were not spared. This extremely racist practice was one of the …

Congo not-so-free State

In the 1880s, the infamous Belgian King Leopold II (1835-1909) established the Congo Free State, which was more than 70 times larger than Belgium itself. Through a series of legal tricks, the Congo Free State became his property. He had no obligation whatsoever to report anything to his fellow Belgian people. It is estimated that more than 10 million Congolese …