How evil were European Empires?

Graham Charles Lear
14 min readFeb 24, 2018

Take a look at the French Empire second to the British Empire. Take a good look and you will find this..

The French Empire history is soaked with the blood of oppressed peoples across the globe. And its record of perpetrating violence continued well into the 60s.

The size of the territory claimed by the French empire in the 19th and 20th centuries was second only to Britain. From North Africa to South-East Asia, the Middle East to the South Pacific, millions were subjugated, repressed and murdered as French rulers scrambled to secure resources and markets for manufactured goods and profitable investments.

It was only in the face of heroic mass struggles by the colonised determined to win their independence that France was eventually forced to cede control in the 1950s and ’60s. From the outset of French colonialism in Vietnam, any form of political dissent was met with repression. Books and newspapers deemed subversive were confiscated. Anti-colonial political activists were sentenced to death or imprisoned on island fortresses.

The grotesque violence would only escalate.

After the defeat of the Japanese in the Pacific War, the French ruling class was determined to re-establish its control over Vietnam. In 1946, the prime minister ordered the shelling of Haiphong, killing 6,000 Vietnamese.

It wasn’t until the 1954 battle of Dien Bien Phu that the national liberation forces drove the French out of the country.

Violence was part of the fabric of French rule. The best farmland was concentrated in the hands of the colonialists and their collaborators, leaving the majority of peasants vulnerable to famine. Some 2 million Vietnamese died during the Second World War; there was a famine despite the granaries being full of rice.

Take a look at Belgium. Little Belgium. If you want to see what real colonial atrocity looks like look no further than sweet Belgium who murdered 15 million Africans. The man who oversaw the Belgium atrocity’s in the Congo was King Leopold II of Belgium. He “owned” the Congo during his reign as the constitutional monarch of Belgium. After several failed colonial attempts in Asia and Africa, he settled on the Congo. He “bought” it and enslaved its people, turning the entire country into his own personal slave plantation. He disguised his business transactions as “philanthropic” and “scientific” efforts under the banner of the International African Society. He used their enslaved labour to extract Congolese resources and services. His reign was enforced through work camps, body mutilations, torture, executions, and his own private army. Most of us aren’t taught about him in school. We don’t hear about him in the media. He’s not part of the widely-repeated narrative of oppression (which includes things like the Holocaust during World War II). He’s part of a long history of colonialism, imperialism, slavery, and genocide in Africa that would clash with the social construction of a white supremacist narrative in our schools. It doesn’t fit neatly into school curriculums in a capitalist society. Making overtly racist remarks is (sometimes) frowned upon in ‘polite’ society, but it’s quite fine not to talk about genocide in Africa perpetrated by a Belgium monarch.

Now how the Spanish in the Americas. In just 100 years through famine, outright murder disease torturer 65 million first nation people died

Don’t take my word for it take a look at what Bartolomé de las Casas has to say on the matter.

Bartolomé de Las Casas was the first European to expose the oppression of the native races of Latin America. He had taken part in the conquest of Cuba, 1513.

The Spaniards with their horses, their spears and lances, began to commit murders, and strange cruelties: they entered into towns, Burroughs, and villages, sparing neither children nor old men, neither women with child, neither them that lay in, but that they ripped their bellies, and cut them in pieces, as if they had been opening of lambs shut up in their fold.

They laid wagers with such as with one thrust of a sword would paunch or bowel a man in the midst, or with one blow of a sword would most readily and most delivery cut off his head, or that would best pierce his entrails at one stroke.

They took the little souls by the heels, ramping them from the mother’s dugges, and crushed their heads against the cliffs. Others they cast into the rivers laughing and mocking, and when they tumbled into the water, they said, now shift for yourself such a one’s corpse. They put others, together with their mothers, and all that they met, to the edge of the sword.

They made certain Gibbets long and low, in such sort, that the feet of the hanged one, touched in a manner the ground, every one enough for thirteen, in honour and worship of our Savior and his twelve Apostles (as they used to speak) and set to fire, burned them all quick that were fastened. Unto all others, whom they used to take and reserve alive, cutting off their two hands as near as might be, and so letting them hang, they said; Get you with these letters, to carry tidings to those which are fled by the mountains. They murdered commonly the Lords and Nobility on this fashion: They made certain grates of pearches laid on pitchforks, and made a little fire underneath, to the intent, that by little and little yelling and despairing in these torments, they might give up the Ghost.

Nice people, the Spanish don’t you think? But there is more

One time I saw four or five of the principal lords roasted and broiled upon these gridirons. Also, I think that there were two or three of these gridirons, garnished with the like furniture, and for that, they cried out pitifully, which thing troubled the Captain that he could not then sleep: he commanded to strangle them. The Sergeant, which was worse than the hangman that burned them (I know his name and friends in Seville would not have them strangled, but himself putting bullets in their mouths, to the end that they should not cry, put to the fire until they were softly roasted after his desire. I have seen all the aforesaid things and others infinite. And forasmuch as all the people which could flee, hid themselves in the mountains, and mounted on the tops of them, fled from the men so without all manhood, empty of all pity, behaving them as savage beasts, the slaughterers and deadly enemies of mankind: they taught their Hounds, fierce Dogs, to tear them in pieces at the first view, and in the space that one may say a Credo, assailed and devoured an Indian as if it had been a swine. These dogs wrought great destructions and slaughter. And forasmuch as sometimes, although seldom, when the Indians put to death some Spaniards upon good right and Law of due justice: they made a Law between them, that for one Spaniard they had to slay a hundred Indians …

One time the Indians came to meet us, and to receive us with victuals, and delicate cheer, and with all entertainment ten leagues off a great city, and being come at the place, they presented us with a great quantity of fish, and of bread, and other meat, together with all that they could do for us to the uttermost. See incontinent the Devil, which put himself into the Spaniards, to put them all to the edge of the sword in my presence, without any cause whatsoever, more than three thousand souls, which were set before us, men, women, and children. I saw there so great cruelties, that never any man living either have or shall see the like.

Now let’s take a look at the Dutch in South Africa.

How many people know that the Dutch brought over slaves from their colony’s in Asia. Many South Africans are the descendants of slaves brought to the Cape Colony from 1653 until 1822. Or that every tribe they came across they enslaved

The Dutch were not the only ones in South Africa Germany was there as well and if you think the Dutch were bad with the Slaves take a look at what the Germans did.

The 1880s: Germany makes South West Africa a colony. The military governor, Major Theodor Leutwein, knows nothing about Africa. He begins playing the Nama and Herero tribes off each other. White settlers continue to arrive and push tribesmen off their land with bribes and unreliable deals.

The late 1890s: A cattle-virus epidemic kills many of the tribe’s cows. The colonists offer the Herero aid on credit, and they amass huge debts.

1903: The Nama begin a rebellion led by Hendrik Witbooi and Jacob Morenga. Despite being greatly outnumbered, they use guerrilla tactics. They are joined by the Herero months late

1904: The Herero rebel, attacking German outposts under the leadership of Samuel Maherero. The German Emperor replaces Major Leutwein with another commander, Lieutenant-General Lothar von Trotha, who had a reputation for brutally suppressing African resistance to German colonization in East Africa.

German troops begin slowly driving the Herero into a position where they are surrounded on three sides. The fourth side offers escape only into the Kalahari desert, where they poison the few water-holes.

October 2, 1904: von Trotha issues his extermination order.

1904–1907: The Herero are systematically killed by the German soldiers and by disease and starvation in the desert. Survivors are sent to labour camps, where many women are raped and forced to perform sexual services for soldiers. Many Herero people in the camps are also used as human subjects for lab experiments designed to prove the racial inferiority of black people.

Now, where have we seen all that before I wonder?

The Nama are also put in camps at this point. It is estimated that 35–50% of their tribe are murdered

1907: von Trotha’s orders are cancelled in the face of criticism at home and abroad as word gets out and he is recalled. It is too late for the Herero, however: before the uprising they numbered 80,000, and by 1907 only 15,000 remained.

Oh at the other side of the Kalahari desert where both The Nama and Herero are forced into to try and survive the German Genocide are the evil British who bring them into their homes and feed them clothe them and help them. I say evil because that’s how the world today sees the British Empire. However here we are on the other side of the Kalahari desert bringing in devastated tribal people giving them refuge and feeding them.

You won’t find any of this taught in our schools by left-wing fanatical teachers. However, they will teach our young about the supposedly evil British Empire who get nothing right about it.

They even get the Slave-trade wrong

We all know about Slavery or think we do. It is branded into our minds that white slavers sold black citizens from Africa into bondage to work in the fields of the new world. The labour-intensive agriculture of the New World demanded a large workforce. Crops such as sugar cane, tobacco and cotton required an unlimited and inexpensive supply of workers.

The white owners of the many New World plantations found a perfect solution to the problem by going to Africa and kidnapping the black population and then taking them many miles away from their homeland to work on the Plantations.

However, that is only part of the story and while it is true white slavers plied their trade on the coast of West Africa it is not true that they themselves kidnapped them. That was down to their own people, their own black brothers who found it a lucrative business.

A slave’s journey to a life of servitude often began in the interior of Africa with his or her capture as a prize of war, a tribute given by a weak tribal state to a more powerful one, or by outright kidnapping by local traders. European slave traders rarely ventured beyond Africa’s coastal regions. The African interior was riddled with disease, the natives were often hostile and the land uncharted. The Europeans preferred to stay in the coastal region and have the natives bring the slaves to them.

Dr Alexander Falconbridge served as the surgeon aboard a number of slave ships that plied their trade between the West African coast and the Caribbean in the late 1700s. He described his experiences in a popular book published in 1788. He became active in the Anti-Slavery Society and was appointed Governor of a colony established for freed slaves on the coast of modern-day Sierra Leone. His service was brief as he died in 1788 shortly after his appointment. We join his story as he describes the process through which the native African loses his freedom. It is an interesting story, a story that should be told so that everyone can get a true picture of slavery.

Here is his story in his own words

There is a great reason to believe, that most of the Negroes shipped off from the coast of Africa, are kidnapped. But the extreme care taken by the black traders to prevent the Europeans from gaining any intelligence of their modes of proceeding; the great distance inland from whence the Negroes are brought; and our ignorance of their language (with which, very frequently, the black traders themselves are equally unacquainted), prevent our obtaining such information on this head as we could wish. I have, however, by means of occasional inquiries, made through interpreters, procured some intelligence relative to the point. . . . From these, I shall select the following striking instances: While I was in employ on board one of the slave ships, a Negro informed me that being one evening invited to drink with some of the black traders, upon his going away, they attempted to seize him. As he was very active, he evaded their design and got out of their hands. He was, however, prevented from effecting his escape by a large dog, which laid hold of him and compelled him to submit. These creatures are kept by many of the traders for that purpose; and being trained to the inhuman sport, they appear to be much pleased with it.

I was likewise told by a Negro woman that as she was on her return home, one evening, from some neighbours, to whom she had been making a visit by invitation, she was kidnapped; and, notwithstanding she was big with child, sold for a slave. This transaction happened a considerable way up the country, and she had passed through the hands of several purchasers before she reached the ship. A man and his son, according to their own information, were seized by professed kidnappers, while they were planting yams, and sold for slaves. This likewise happened in the interior parts of the country, and after passing through several hands, they were purchased for the ship to which I belonged. It frequently happens that those who kidnap others are themselves, in their turns, seized and sold. . . . During my stay on the coast of Africa, I was an eye-witness of the following transaction: a black trader invited a Negro, who resided a little way up the country, to come and see him. After the entertainment was over, the trader proposed to his guest, to treat him with a sight of one of the ships lying in the river. The unsuspicious countryman readily consented and accompanied the trader in a canoe to the side of the ship, which he viewed with pleasure and astonishment. While he was thus employed, some black traders on board, who appeared to be in the secret, leapt into the canoe, seized the unfortunate man, and dragging him into the ship, immediately sold him.

The preparations made at Bonny by the black traders, upon setting out for the fairs which are held up the country, are very considerable. From twenty to thirty canoes, capable of containing thirty or forty Negroes each, are assembled for this purpose; and such goods put on board them as they expect will be wanted for the purchase of the number of slaves they intend to buy. When their loading is completed, they commence their voyage, with colours flying, and music playing; and in about ten or eleven days, they generally return to Bonny with full cargoes. As soon as the canoes arrive at the trader’s landing place, the purchased Negroes are cleaned, and oiled with palm-oil; and on the following day, they are exposed for sale to the captains.

When the Negroes, whom the black traders have to dispose of, are shown to the European purchasers, they first examine them rela­tive to their age. They then minutely inspect their persons, and inquire into the state of their health, if they are afflicted with any infirmity, or are deformed, or have bad eyes or teeth; if they are lame, or weak in their joints, or distorted in the back, or of a slender make, or are narrow in the chest; in short, if they have been, or are afflicted in any manner, so as to render them incapable of much labour; if any of the foregoing defects are discovered in them, they are rejected. But if approved of, they are generally taken on board the ship the same evening. The purchaser has the liberty to return on the following morning, but not afterwards, such as upon re-examination are found exceptionable.

The traders frequently beat those Negroes which are objected to by the captains and use them with great severity. It matters not whether they are refused on account of age, illness, deformity, or for any other reason. At New Calabar, in particular . . . the traders, when any of their Negroes have been objected to, have dropped their canoes under the stern of the vessel, and instantly beheaded them, in sight of the captain.

As soon as the wretched Africans, purchased at the fairs, fall into the hands of the black traders, they experience an earnest of those dreadful sufferings which they are doomed in future to undergo. . . . They are brought from the places where they are pur­chased to Bonny, etc. in canoes; at the bottom of which they lie, hav­ing their hands tied with a kind of willow twigs, and a strict watch is kept over them. Their usage in other respects, during the time of the passage, which generally lasts several days, is equally cruel. Their allowance of food is so scanty, that it is barely sufficient to support nature. They are, besides, much exposed to the violent rains which frequently fall here, being covered only with mats that afford but a slight defence; and as there is usually water at the bottom of the canoes, from their leaking, they are scarcely ever dry.”

We can see from this account who the villains are, we see that the White slave traders paying the Black African Kidnappers £14 per slave which into days money would be £2,000. Quite a lot of money in those days.

What the Left-wing people never tell you is how many British sailors died ending this vile trade in human cargo

As we British brought an end to Slavery our Navy was sent to West Africa. From there they would sail up the many river outlets where slavers were known to bring down their human cargo. Many fell sick to disease, thousands died over the sixty years of ending the slave trade because of disease. Many more died when tracking down and attacking slave ships taking their human cargo to America and the Caribbean islands.

Yet not one word of this is taught to our children it's whitewashed out of our history just as everything good about Britain is whitewashed out of its history. I put it to you dear reader that far from being the evil Empire we are supposed to have been we are actually more like Angels when you compare the British to French Belgium’s Spanish German Dutch and that’s a fact that should be shouted from the rooftops of every home in the UK



Graham Charles Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.