BRUXELLES. Action de Capital. brown. # 168000. No 5855. This was the first (founded 1886!) and arguably most important Belgian Congo company. King Leopold II wished to exploit Congo and for that the construction of a railroad from the Atlantic Ocean inwards along the Congo river (passing the Inga Falls) was a must. The Compagnie du Congo pour le Commerce &l'Industrie (=CCCI) was founded by Albert Thys primarily to study the building of such a 400km railroad in a very hostile environment. Once the study was completed (1889), a daughter company was founded to actually build the railroad, the Chemin de Fer de Congo. This was the start of the CCCI as a holding company. Until independence, it remained the most important holding in the colony (be it that from 1928 onwards, it became a sub holding of the Société Générale). By 1914, the company had already over 30 participations in other companies (all Congo-related). Apart from one, unique printer proof share from 1887 (in a major collection), no pre-WWII shares from the CCCI are known to us. As this company was also at the start of the railroad history of Belgian Congo, it is the logical first lot of the Belgian Congo Railroad Collection we offer here.
Themes: AGRICULTURE, COLONIES, RAILROADS
BELGIAN CONGO, BELGIUM
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