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Samory opposed French ambitions to build an empire in West Africa. He went to war with the French in 1883. French troops occupied Bamako on the Niger River and settled the war after a successful offensive in 1886. Samory was forced to accept the Niger as his frontier.
Second Mandingo War, 1894-1895
Samory defeated the French, putting a temporary end to the protectorate over the Ivory Coast.
Third Mandingo War, 1898
This final and decisive struggle in the Mandingo Wars saw French forces victorious over Samory, who was captured and sent into exile.