The Racist History of Sanford, FLA

The town of Sanford, FLA was named for their hero Henry Shelton Sanford…Appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as Minister to Belgium in 1861 at the start of the Civil War. Henry successfully lobbied the United States to recognizing King Leopold II’s claim to the Congo region in central Africa, Leopold’s privately controlled Congo Free State. Leopold claimed that he was improving the lives of the native inhabitants, but he used a mercenary force for his personal gain. His regime was responsible for the death of an estimated 2 to 15 million Congolese. This became one of the most infamous international scandals of the time. Yes, Sanford received a big cut of the action which he used to buy the land which is now Sanford, FLA. At the end of the Civil War the question arose: “The slaves are free…Now what?” Henry’s answer: “Ship them all to the Congo to become King Leo’s slaves!”