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The sovereign fought against the Arabic presence in the heart of Africa. This presence threatened his plans and provided him with a philanthropic excuse for having his endeavour recognised at international level. He used liberated slaves in the colonial army and, due to a lack in labour force, he recruited Indians, Chinesen and Zanzibaris. "Encountering the Arabs, taking their ivory and their slaves and enrolling the latter; [...], recruiting in China and in Zanzibar". Microfilm copy of a letter from the sovereign to Strauch, 1885.
NAB, Papers Maximilien Strauch, Film 2740. The original document is preseved at the NPO Dynasty and Cultural Heritage.