of the Republic of the Congo
When the Congo Free State was formed in 1885, its
flag was blue with a gold star in the center. In
1960, the Belgian Congo became independent and
the flag was adapted by the addition of six gold
stars in the hoist to represent the six provinces
of the new state.
attended the conference at which the Belgian
Congo was granted its independence. He took
control of the government in 1965, and was
elected President in 1970. His reputation for
lining his pockets with foreign aid while the
people of Zaire faced economic hardship
eventually led to his being removed by the army
was a province that declared itself independent
of the Congo in 1960.
The Belgian Congo in
celebrated the silver jubilee of the transfer of
the Congo from its founder and owner, King
Leopold II, to Belgium.
the Congo in 1960
Exuberantly proclaimed on June 20, 1960, the
Republic of the Congo faced internal conflicts
the Congo in 1961
Republic of the Congo
Rebellion and bloodshed
plagued Congo throughout 1964.