Conflict- What was the cause and consequence of the British Invasion?
We have learnt that the Kingdom of Benin dates from 900-1897CE but why such a specific abrupt end?
Today we learned that following a trade mission to Benin, British soldiers clashed with Benin Warriors and some unfortunately died. This cause uproar back in Victorian Britain, and consequently the Queen sent thousands of soldiers to Benin to teach them a lesson.
Interestingly, in the conflict many artworks were looted – many of those we saw at the Museum last week!!!
We discussed the exact events that lead to the conflict, and the aftermath of the invasion. Many of us felt embarrassed about how Britain had behaved, and hope that such a thing wouldn’t happen nowadays.