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“1897” Okiojo’s Chronicles Volume 2

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At the end of the 19th century, the kingdom of Benin had managed to retain its independence and the Oba exercised a monopoly over trade which the British found irksome. The territory was coveted by an influential group of investors for its rich natural resources such as palm-oil, rubber and ivory.
The kingdom was largely independent of British control pressure continued from figures such as vice-consul James Robert Phillips and Captain Gallwey (the British vice-consul of Oil Rivers Protectorate) who were pushing for British annexation of the Benin Empire and the removal of the Oba.
The Benin Expedition of 1897 was a punitive expedition by a United Kingdom force of 1,200 under Admiral Sir Harry Rawson. As a result much of the country's art, including the Benin Bronzes, was either destroyed, looted or dispersed.

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THIS IS THE TRAGIC STORY OF THE FALL OF THE BENIN KINGDOM IN NIGERIA.

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