Eugène Beyens

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Baron Beyens, Belgian Ambassador in Paris

Baron Eugène Henri Léonard Beyens (Brussels, 12 November 1816 - Presles, 17 July 1894) was a Belgian diplomat.


  • Van Praet and Devaux were not concerned with the Congo. They both expressed a desire to be kept out of the "African adventure." For Mr. Van Praet, laden with years and involved for half a century in the history of the dynasty, this abstention was natural. As for his nephew, he had not concealed from the King, with his usual frankness, the disappointments and the dangers he faced. The prevailing opinion at court was that the founding of a colony was beyond the strength of the Sovereign of a small country and that he would encompass his private fortune, without being able to create anything lasting. ... He (Leopold II) did not try to overcome Mr. Devaux's disbelief and did without his services.

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