Belgian Congo was a Belgian colony in central Africa. It was formed in 1908. The government of Belgium took over the previously separate kingdom of Belgium's monarch Léopold II; the Congo Free State. Today it is called the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It existed between Léopold II's formal transfer of his personal control to Belgium on 15 November 1908, and Congolese independence on 30 June 1960.
Colony of the Belgian Congo
Motto: Travail et Progrès
"Work and Progress"
Anthem: National Anthem of Belgium
The Belgian Congo (dark green) shown alongside Ruanda-Urundi (light green), 1935
|Status||Colony of Belgium|
|Religion||Catholicism (de facto)|
|Théophile Wahis (first)|
|Hendrik Cornelis (last)|
• Annexed by Belgium
|15 November 1908|
|30 June 1960|
|1960||2,344,858 km2 (905,355 sq mi)|
|Currency||Belgian Congo franc|
|Today part of||DR Congo|
- "Self-Access Centre Database". resources.clie.ucl.ac.uk.
- (in French) République démocratique du Congo Archived 27 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Laval University, Canada
- (in Dutch) Vlamingen en Afrikanen—Vlamingen in Centraal Afrika Archived 11 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine, Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
- Kasongo, Michael (1998). History of the Methodist Church in the Central Congo. University Press of America. ISBN 9780761808824.
- Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja (2002). The Congo from Leopold to Kabila: A People's History. Zed Books. ISBN 1842770535.
- Belgian Congo article in Encyclopædia Britannica 1922 extension.
- Oasis Kodila Tedika and Francklin Kyayima Muteba. Sources of growth in Democratic Republic of the Congo before independence. A cointegration analysis. Revue congolaise d’économie / Congo Economic Review. Document de Travail / Working Paper. WP02/10 — July 2006. Archived 2011-05-12 at the Wayback Machine