Title: "[Brief News Items]"

Journal: Evening Bulletin

Place of Publication: Maysville, Kentucky

Date: November 29, 1884

People: Kasson, John A. 1822-1910

Places: Congo Basin; Congo River; Loge River; Sette River

Analysis

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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United States Minister Kasson, at Berlin, is very lukewarm in his support of the claims of the Congo Association.

 

In respect to the boundaries of the Congo basin the conference has agreed that the mouth of the river be understood to include the coast from the river Loge on the south, to the river Sette on the north, and that trade shall be free to all comers within the Congo region.