Many students of African history wonder why the
native people of Africa did not rise up in violent
rebellion against their Imperialist conquerers.
What many do not know though, is that some tribes did.
One of these tribes was the nation that we now know
In the 1800's, there was no Senegal but there was a
nation that became Senegal much later. The tribe was
ruled by Samori Toure when the Europeans started coming.
Samori Toure signed an agreement with the French
in an effort to keep the land they had owned for
centuries. Unfortunately, the French broke the
agreement and war broke out for 7 years. The
people of Senegal were defeated in 1898. This war
was one of the few examples of overt resistance
during the colonization of Africa.
The geographical situation of the people of Senegal
was one of the reasons that lost the war. First of all,
Senegal is located on the North Western coast of Africa,
making it easily accessible for the Europeans. Also, one
very negative feature was the flatness of the land, which
made the natives face the superior weapons of the French
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