"the French had one of their wars going on thereabouts"
Kingdom of Dahomy and its environs (1793)
Public DomainKingdom of Dahomy and its environs (1793) - Credit: R. Norris

Between 1890 and 1894 the French attempted to conquer the West African Kingdom of Dahomey, in what is now the Republic of Benin.

This conflict, which encompassed two wars (the First Franco-Dahomean War and the Second Franco-Dahomean War), officially ended on 15 January 1894 with King Béhanzin's defeat to the Third French Republic army at the Battle of Abomey. Dahomey was incorporated into France's growing colonial territory in West Africa.

 

 

Combat de Dogba (1895)
Public DomainBattle of Dogba (1895) - Credit: Alexandre d'Albéca
Combat de la Topaze (1895)
Public DomainThe French gunboat La Topaze at battle (1895) - Credit: Alexandre d'Albéca