Abdul Njai: Ally and Enemy of the Portuguese in Guinea-Bissau, 1895–1919

  title={Abdul Njai: Ally and Enemy of the Portuguese in Guinea-Bissau, 1895–1919},
  author={Joye L. Bowman},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={463 - 479}
  • Joye L. Bowman
  • Published 1 November 1986
  • History, Political Science
  • The Journal of African History
The protracted subjugation by the Portuguese of Guinea-Bissau was made possible by Abdul Njai and his army of auxiliary troops. Njai became an ally of the Portuguese in the mid-1890s and continued his support for the Portuguese conquest until about 1915. He provided logistical support, and served both as a commander in the Portuguese army and as a recruiter of African troops. Oral as well as written sources indicate that Njai was directly responsible for the successful campaigns fought against… 


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