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 Form 3 History: European Invasion and the Process of Colonization of Africa

Causes of the Franco-Mandinka war (1891-1898)

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Causes of the Franco-Mandinka war (1891-1898)
a) Samori wanted to safeguard the independence and religion of his empire. Being a staunch Muslim, he could not tolerate non-Muslims on his land.
b) He was not ready willing to lose the rich Bure Mines to the French whether through diplomacy or warfare.
c) His empire was at that time enjoying military and economic superiority.
d) His participation in trade had enabled him to acquire modern arms thus enabling him to build an equipped and well trained army.
e) His scheme to play off the British against the French, between 1882 and 1889, had failed.
f) The activities of the French of selling arms to his enemies such as Tieba of Sikasso were viewed by Samori as an act to weaken the Mandinka dominance.