Background[ edit ] At the close of the 19th century, European powers were busy conquering and colonizing much of Africa. In what is today Beninthe main colonial power was the French Third Republic. The French had established commercial ties with the indigenous peoples of the area including one of West Africa's most powerful states at the time, the Kingdom of Dahomey.
The French emerged triumphant after winning the Battle of Abomey. Background At the close of the 19th century, European powers were busy conquering and colonizing much of Africa. In what is today Beninthe main colonial power was the French Third Republic.
The French had established commercial ties with the indigenous peoples of the area including one of West Africa's most powerful states at the time, the Kingdom of Dahomey.
Ina Franco-Dahomean friendship treaty was ratified allowing the French to operate commercially and missionaries to enter the country. One of Dahomey's most important tributaries was the small kingdom of Porto-Novo near the coast. The kingdom had been at odds with Dahomey on and off since the middle of the 18th century.
Dahomey ignored all French claims there as well and continued to collect customs from the port. Dahomey sent a force straight to Cotonou with plans to bring it firmly back under Fon control once and for all.
Battle of Cotonou On 4 March a Dahomey army of several thousand charged the log stockade around Cotonou at approximately 5 in the morning. Some of King Tofa's warriors marched ahead as a screening force.
End of hostilities Dahomey did not launch any further attacks on Cotonou or Porto-Novo. On 3 October Dahomey signed a treaty recognizing the kingdom of Porto-Novo as a French protectorate. Despite the treaty, both sides believed peace could not last and made preparations for another decisive encounter.
References Alpern, Stanley B: Amazons of Black Sparta: The Women Warriors of Dahomey, page New York University Press, Following the First Franco-Dahomean War, a very short period peace followed where the belligerents involved bolstered their numbers and weapons.
This was especially true for Dahomey which had upgraded its weaponry en masse. This time Dahomey had the latest rifles, machine guns, and even.
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Swift - May 20, - Black History, BLACKS IN THE MILITARY, History, LATEST POSTS France held power in Benin during the 19th century and was making movements with the native inhabitants there.
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