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date: 19 June 2021

Congo/Zaire–US Relations 

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Foreign Relations
Author(s):
Lise NamikasLise Namikas

For most of the 19th century, traders and missionaries represented American commercial and religious interests in faraway regions like sub-Saharan Africa. Most official American attention toward Africa was directed at Liberia, where the American Colonization Society promoted the return of free and former slaves. This all changed when the Welsh-born explorer Henry Morton Stanley, who adopted US citizenship (and later British), stirred the American imagination with his expeditions in the relatively unknown continent. Stanley explored the east coast of Africa, found the famously lost British missionary David Livingstone, mapped much of the shoreline, was the first European to cross the continent, and capped it all off by sailing the Congo River. Stanley had made numerous trips, but it was his reappearance after three years, in ... ...

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