Title: "The Congo Conference."

Journal: Evening Bulletin

Place of Publication: Maysville, Kentucky

Date: October 28, 1884

Place: Niger Delta


Most Americans did not have access to Congressional debates about whether the U.S should recognize the sovereignty of King Leopold II of Belgium's Congo Free State—which prompted the convening of the Berlin Conference—or discussions of U.S. engagement with the "African Question." [note 1] They turned to newspapers to glean any information about the major international issue for the West at the time—the present and future state of African affairs. U.S. media coverage of the Berlin Conference of 1884-85 was extensive, with articles published in the major coastal newspapers and dailies in the South, West, and Midwest, attesting to the scope of American interest in European designs on Africa.

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The Congo Conference.

The delay in the British acceptance of the Congo Conference arose from Lord Granville's insisting that all occupied parts of West Africa should be excluded from the action of the Powers, and that Consul Hewitt's recent Niger annexation should not be prejudiced. If anybody suffers through the Conference it will apparently be the Portugese, who have never properly occupied the districts they claim.