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He fought in several battles before the end of the Civil War and was wounded, though not seriously. After the war, Williams left the army and traveled to Mexico to fight against the forces of Emperor Maximilian. S. Army, and was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. A gunshot wound to his left lung left him unfit for further military duty. Williams was drawn back to his religious roots. In 1869, after a period of spiritual self-examination, he applied for admission to the newly established Howard University.

King Leopold let them remain misinformed. Dreams of Glory He used others in his disinformation campaign. General Henry Sanford, an American who worked for the king, said that the king wanted to create a chain of stations where travelers could receive scientific information and aid. He stressed the king’s desire to end slave traffic. People in Britain were told that the king’s aim was to advance progress in this uncivilized region. ” The king, of course, had no intention of giving any political power to the Africans whose territory he was claiming.

The man sitting across from him had his own dreams for Africa and would soon make plans to visit the Congo to see if the king’s words were true. Who was this man who would shake Leopold’s world? George Washington Williams was born in Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania, on October 16, 1849. His parents were poor, but they were determined to make a better future for their children. Their search for new employment opportunities took the family to New Castle, a small town north of Pittsburgh. Though Williams had little formal education as a child, he was exposed to Christianity at an early age when his father became the parttime minister of a black church.

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