Title: "African Annexation."

Journal: Evening Bulletin

Place of Publication: Maysville, Kentucky

Date: December 26, 1884

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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African Annexation.

London, Dec. 26. -- The German and French Governments are discussing the form of a declaration of limits for future annexations in Africa. The agreement here guarantees the success of the Congo Conference.