International Association of the Congo

The International Association of the Congo (French: Association internationale du Congo), also known as the International Congo Society, was an association founded on 17 November 1879 by Leopold II of Belgium to further his interests in the Congo.[1] [dubious ] It replaced the Belgian Comité d'Études du Haut-Congo [fr] ("Committee for the Study of the Upper Congo"),[2] which was part of the International African Association front organisation created for the exploitation of the Congo. The goals of the International Congo Society was to establish control of the Congo Basin and to exploit its economic resources.[3] The Berlin Conference recognised the society as sovereign over the territories it controlled and on August 1, 1885, i.e. four and half months after the closure of the Berlin Conference, King Leopold's Vice-Administrator General in the Congo, announced that the society and the territories it occupied were henceforth called "the Congo Free State".[4][5][6]

International Congo Society
Association internationale du Congo
Historical eraNew Imperialism
17 November 1879
 Flag recognised
10 April 1884
 Sovereignty recognised
8 November 1884
 Free state established
1 July 1885
ISO 3166 codeCG
Preceded by
Succeeded by
International African Association
Congo Free State
Today part ofDemocratic Republic of Congo

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