Like practically everyone else in town, she was a transplant, first from the French Congo
and then Havana.
The expedition rendezvoused at Loango in French Congo and was then faced with getting to the French post on the Pool, Brazzaville.
The under-financed French Congo owned four tiny steamers only one of which, the 100 hp Faidherbe, named after a French general of West African fame, was in service; in contrast, Leopold's Congo Free State had around thirty, several brought up by Stanley's team in 1880.
Furthermore, to the ears of English speakers, The Congo will immediately summon up the 'heart of darkness' of The Belgian Congo.(15) Thus The Republic of Congo (the former French Congo
) will avoid The Congo because of the overwhelming, often extremely negative, associations that usage has with what is now Zaire.
The territory on the west of the river was called the French Congo
. It achieved independence from France in 1960 and is now known as The People's Republic of the Congo.