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The French Aggressions in West Africa, Scenes in the Royal Niger Companys Territory (b / w photo)

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The French Aggressions in West Africa, Scenes in the Royal Niger Companys Territory (b / w photo)

1615256 The French Aggressions in West Africa, Scenes in the Royal Niger Companys Territory (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The French Aggressions in West Africa, Scenes in the Royal Niger Companys Territory. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 26 February 1898.
English Photographer (19th Century)); Look and Learn / Illustrated Papers Collection

Media ID 23086712

© Look and Learn / Illustrated Papers Collection / Bridgeman Images

Church Missionary Society Headquarters Marketing Niger Territory West Africa Wharf Lokoja


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The French Aggressions in West Africa, Scenes in the Royal Niger Company's Territory" is a captivating photograph captured by an English photographer in the 19th century. This historic image, part of a private collection, offers a glimpse into the tumultuous times of colonialism and conflict. The photograph showcases various aspects of life within the Royal Niger Company's territory. From bustling streets to industrial work sites, it depicts the dynamic nature of this region during that era. The presence of military personnel suggests tensions and aggressions between different powers vying for control over West African territories. Notably, mission houses and churches stand as symbols of Western influence on local communities. The architecture reflects both European styles and traditional elements found among prominent natives. Additionally, medical work can be observed, highlighting efforts to provide healthcare amidst challenging circumstances. The photograph also captures scenes from daily life such as marketing activities at a wharf and interactions with locals. One striking element is an image depicting King Lokoja himself – a powerful figure who played a significant role in shaping the region's history. This thought-provoking print serves as evidence not only of historical events but also raises questions about imperialism, cultural exchange, and power dynamics during this period in West Africa. It invites viewers to reflect upon these complex narratives while appreciating the artistry behind early photography techniques.

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