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A statue celebrating Sir H.M. Stanley was placed in Denbigh, the town of his birth, in 2011. Stanley is of course famous as the explorer who found the missionary David Livingstone in Central Africa in 1871. The statue was controversial before it was even commissioned due to Stanley's expeditions on behalf of King Leopold II of Belgium in the 1880's, a history omitted from the sculpture. Leopold claimed the Congo for himself. As demand for rubber suddenly grew, due to the new need for pneumatic tyres and insulation for electric cabling among other things, pressure was put on the people of the Congo to tap wild trees in the forest. They were punished if quantities were low and millions died.