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Colonial & National Exposition 1896 Belgium Expo Medals


1896 Colonial & National Exposition Belgium

S ilver plated bronze medal 68mm, 5mm thickness. Edge :state minted bronze Cornucopia (Horn of Plenty) ==> from 1880 until now. Art nouveau style by Louis-Oscar Roty (born in Paris, 1846-1911).
The Colonial & National Exposition celebrated King Leopold II's of Belgium audacious land grab and undisguised commercial exploitation of the Congo and commenced a colonial history that culminated in the regime of Mobutu Sese Seko in Zaire and the genocidal divisions of Rwanda.

Leopold constructed the exposition on his own land as an annex to the International Exposition at the Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels and built the tram line to link the two sites, 15 kilometers (10 miles) apart. More than 1.1 million visitors traveled out to the bosky park at Tervuren, attracted by the prospect of gazing on Congolese tribesmen living in reproductions of native villages and a monorail that whizzed around a five-kilometer circuit at unheard of speeds of up to 150 kilometers an hour.

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