There's been a photo doing the rounds recently of some guy staring at the dismembered foot of his child. As a father (or just a fucking human) this sends a shudder of horror through me. Unbelievable really. Only it happened on an industrial scale.extremely grim, even by the standards of colonial violence, so bad that even at the time it appalled other Europeans
driven by global rubber boom. mass forced labor, limbs chopped off for failing to meet quotas, etc. same thing happened in Brazil.
not unlike the devastation wrought by Columbus etc on the indigenous population of the Caribbean in the conquistadors' mad lust for gold.