BELGIANS SECOND KNIGHTHOOD ORDER ESTABLISHED FOR CONGO FREE STATE AND INCORPORATED INTO BELGIUM IN 1908 WHEN THE BELGIUM GOVERNEMENT TO CONTROL OVER THE COLONY. THE ORDER IS DISCONTINUED AFTER THE INDEPENDENCE OF CONGO IN 1960
The order of the African star was instituted on 30 December 1888 by King Leopold II of Belgium and King of Congo Free State. After the annaxation of Congo Free state in 1908 the order became Belgian. The order was established to award those who put there service in the colony of Congo and to the civilastion of Africa. These conditions doesn't say that the services had to be done in Congo.
The order was created in the following classes:
- Grand Cross
- Grand Officer
- Medals (gold, silver and bronze)
The order consist of a fivepointed golden star for the first four classes and a silver star for the fith class.
FIRST MODEL 1900 - 1908