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

as Senegal.

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

head on.

Websters Concise World Atlas
Barnes and Noble Books, New York 1995

Scramble for Africa Anthony Nutting
E.P. Dutton and Co. , San Francisco 1971

World History Burton F. Beers
Prentice Hall , New York 1993