Title: "The Congo"

Journal: Evening Bulletin

Place of Publication: Maysville, Kentucky

Date: December 4, 1884


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

Berlin, Dec. 4. -- General Sandford, the American delegate, has presented to the West African Conference a memorial for the free navigation of the Congo.

The West African Conference have agreed upon a declaration that in reference to trade in East Africa the Powers are at liberty to make arrangements for themselves.

It is learned that there dis $69,000 worth of elephant's tucks at Leopoldville, West Africa, waiting shipment upon the conclusion of the conference. A prodigious increase of trade with the Congo country is expected as soon as the rights of traders are defined.