The Annexation of Benin

  title={The Annexation of Benin},
  author={Thomas Uwadiale Obinyan},
  journal={Journal of Black Studies},
  pages={29 - 40}
Economic motives, among others, are said to underlie colonialism and imperialism. This article seeks to show that economic calculations were at play in the annexation of Benin in 1897. But in doing this it is emphasized that the Benin Kingdom resisted the onslaught of merchant capital and, most important, maintained its independence until the expedition of 1897. The significance of this for the nature of colonial processes has not been sufficiently highlighted. It is important to stress this… 

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