15 Things You Didn’t Know About King Leopold II

Written by Alexis Borochoff

When people hear the word “dictator,” many think of Adolf Hitler, Kim Jong-Un or Idi Amin. One of history’s most ruthless dictators, King Leopold II, deserves to be on that list. He gets very little attention. He ruled the Congo Free State from 1885 to 1908 when it was a colony of Belgium. It wasn’t until 1960 the Congolese gained independence. From being a deadbeat dad to ordering mutilations of Africans, here are 15 things you didn’t know about King Leopold II of Belgium.

Source: Wikipedia.org, Britannica.com, Ultimatehistoryproject.com