This article is about the region of central Africa around the Congo River. You may be looking for Belgian Congo, the Belgian colony or the French colony of Congo that was part of French Equatorial Africa..
Remy Baudouin: "An expedition across the Congo?"
Indiana Jones: "Just think of it as a little hike."
―Oganga, The Giver and Taker of Life

The Congo is a large region of western central Africa that is part of the Congo River watershed, known for its rain forests. The Congo rain forest is the second-largest rain forest, after the Amazon, and the river's watershed is also the second-largest in the world.

In the late eighteenth century, the land was divided up by the European colonial powers. The French established the colony of French Congo, claiming the land north and west of the Congo River. French Congo later became one of the territories of French Equatorial Africa. Further north, along the Ubangi tributary, they established the colony of Oubangi-Chari, which was also made part of French Equatorial Africa. The Belgian king, Leopold II claimed the land south and east of the Congo River, and owned it as the sole stakeholder as the Congo Free State, until 1908, when international pressure over atrocities in the land forced Leopold II to make it a Belgian colony, the Belgian Congo. These colonial lands did not become independent nations until the 1960s.

Joseph Conrad journeyed to the Congo in 1889, and became a captain of a steamboat. Many of his experiences in the Congo were reflected in his story Heart of Darkness.

Behind the scenesEdit

While the episode "Congo, January 1917" contains Congo in the title, nearly all of the story takes place within the Ogooué River basin of Gabon, which, though similar to the terrain of the Congo, is not actually in the Congo.



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