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Title:The Netherlands and the Partition of Africa
Author:Wesseling, H.L.ISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Geographic terms:Netherlands
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:scramble for Africa
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181300
Abstract:In the historiography of the partition of Africa and European imperialism in the late nineteenth century there is one great lacuna, the Netherlands. This is rather surprising. After all, the Dutch founded the most important white settlement in Africa, at the Cape, and were a presence on the Gold Coast for centuries. Moreover, when the complications began in the Congo area that were to trigger off the Partition, the Dutch were the biggest traders in the delta. This article analyses the Dutch attitude towards the Congo question - especially during the crucial years 1884-5 - and intends thus to throw some light on the Dutch role in the Partition and on the nature of Dutch imperialism. Sections: The Netherlands and the Congo, 1857-1884 - Dutch diplomacy and the Congo question, 1877-1884 - The Berlin Conference, 1884-5 - Conclusion. App., notes, sum.