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Illustration of a blue flag with a yellow star on it over blue text on a white background
The Congo Free State also known as the Independent State of the Congo was an African colony under the rule of King Leopold II of Belgium in 1885. In 1908 the Congo Free State was ceded to Belgium and later became independent in 1960 as the Democratic Republic of Congo. The flag’s design is a symbol of the state as a light or star of civilization shinning in the dark of Africa.