What was the Fashoda Incident (1898)?

Introduction The Fashoda Incident was the climax of imperial territorial disputes between Britain and France in East Africa, occurring in 1898. A French expedition to Fashoda on the White Nile river sought to gain control of the Upper Nile river basin and thereby exclude Britain from the Sudan. The French party and a British-Egyptian force… Read More


What was the Stairs Expedition to Katanga (1891-1892)?

Introduction The Stairs Expedition to Katanga (1891-1892), led by Captain William Stairs, was the winner in a race between two imperial powers to claim Katanga, a vast mineral-rich territory in Central Africa for colonisation. The mission became notable when a local chief, (Mwenda Msiri), was killed, and also for the fact that Stairs, the leader… Read More