WHY SAMOURI RESSISTED THE FRENCH FOR LONG

WHY SAMOURI RESSISTED THE FRENCH FOR LONG

Samouri Toure applied modern techniques such as:

  • Surprise attacks,
  • Ambush,
  • The Scorched-Earth policy
  • The mass movement of the population.




three divisions of Samouri Toure’s army.

  • That which encountered the French,
  • That which organized the population on their migration to evade French confrontation.
  • That which conquered new lands to settle the people.

why Samouri Toure resisted the French for long. (Why did it take long for the French to defeat Samouri Toure?

  • He had a large disciplined well-trained army, equipped with modern weapons.
  • His army successfully engaged in Guerrilla warfare apart from fighting in familiar terrain. This made the Mandinka too difficult for the French to control.
  • The eastwards Mandinka retreat and the Scorched-Earth policy they used delayed advance by and weakened the French.
  • Samouri used his great trade-based riches to buy fire-arms and horses for his large army.




  • There were local gun-smiths, on who Samouri relied when unable to buy firearms from the coast.
  • Samouri considered his war with the French a Jihad against European infidels, who he did not want to occupy his land and was ready to fight to the bitter end, being himself a devout Muslim.
  • Unity within the army and among civilians, which gave him time to resist foreign invasion instead of suppressing internal rivalry.
  • He was a skilled soldier with organizational skills. This delayed his capture.
  • Samouri‟s people (the Mandinka) were united during the war as they moved eastwards. This enabled Samouri to establish a second empire, with the capital at Dabakala.




  • Samouri had military workshops that supplied him with weapons and repaired defective weapons.

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