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The Mandingo Wars were a series of conflicts from 1883 to 1898 between France and the Wassoulou Empire of the Mandingo people led by Samory Touré. The French were ultimately triumphant and established dominance over the Ivory Coast.
|Part of the Scramble for Africa|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Henri Gouraud||Samori Ture|
35,000 rifleman5,000 cavalry
|Casualties and losses|
First Mandingo War (1883–86)Edit
Samory opposed French ambitions to build an empire in West Africa. He went to war with the French in 1883. French troops occupied Bamako on the Niger River and settled the war after a successful offensive in 1886. Samory was forced to accept the Niger as his frontier.
Second Mandingo War (1894–95)Edit
Samory defeated the French, putting a temporary end to the protectorate over the Ivory Coast.