In the rubber coils- This political cartoon by Linley Sambourne, depicting a man being strangled by rubber vines, is probably the most famous political cartoon on the situation in the Congo.


  1. What is the man in the cartoon struggling against?
  2. How does the woman in the background seem to feel?
  3. Why did the artist depict the rubber vines as a snake with King Leopold as its head?
  4. Whose “side” is the artist on, and how do you know?
  5. How might a person viewing this cartoon in a magazine in the early 1900s feel about the situation in the Congo?
  6. Write a new caption for the photo, based on your knowledge of the Congo.