First Battle of Jenné

The First Battle of Jenné was a military engagement between the armies of the Tukulor Empire and the French Third Republic. French forces under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Louis Archinard seized the capital of Ahmadu Tall on the Bani River. The engagement was hard fought and the results uncertain “until the last hour” according to French sources. Almami Ahmadu was forced to withdraw, and Umar Tall’s son Agibu was placed on the throne as a puppet ruler.

First Battle of Jenné
DateFebruary 24, 1891

French victory

  • Tukulor withdrawal from Inner Niger
France French Third Republic Mali Tukulor Empire
Commanders and leaders
Louis Archinard Ahmadu Tall

See alsoEdit



  • Lewis, David Levering (2001). Race to Fashoda. New York: Macmillan. pp. 336 Pages. ISBN 0-8050-7119-9.