King Leopold II used much of the revenue from his territory in the Congo to build elaborate palaces and monuments throughout Belgium. The palaces and monuments of Belgium could be said to symbolize Leopold’s hypocrisy, and, more generally, the parasitic relationship between Western prosperity and African exploitation.
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...and powerful. In the meantime, Leopold invested large sums in Belgian building projects: he built beautiful parks, monuments, and palaces , modeled off of the great structures of France. (full context)
...to extract huge sums of money from his Congo territory; with his fortune, he built museums, palaces, and monuments. In 1895, he was sixty years old, and still trying to grow the Belgian empire.... (full context)
...of economic depression. Though Leopold had always claimed to live modestly, his propensity for building huge palaces and monuments now infuriated his people. Leopold was incensed by his new unpopularity in Europe. (full context)
...discovered that he’d left a vast fortune, which he wanted to be spent on future monuments and palaces (diverting inheritance from his daughters). The Belgian Parliament spent years trying to transfer Leopold’s fortune... (full context)