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Page 40. " I came in sight of the big river again, and hobbled into the Central Station "

The Central Station is based on Kinshasa, the post established in 1883 by Stanley five miles upriver from Leopoldville. Over time the two settlements grew and merged into the city that was to become the capital of the Belgian Congo in 1923  – called Leopoldville by the Belgians and Kinshasa today.


Kinshasa Station (c. 1885)
Public DomainKinshasa Station (c. 1885) - Credit: H. M. Stanley