Franco-Trarzan War of 1825

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Franco-Trarzan War of 1825
Date 1825
Location Waalo, West Africa
Result French victory
Pavillon royal de France.svg Kingdom of France Emirate of Trarza
Commanders and leaders
Pavillon royal de France.svg Charles X Muhammad al Habib

The Franco-Trarzan War of 1825 was a conflict between the forces of the new amir of Trarza, Muhammad al Habib, and France, ruled at the time by Charles X and the ultra comte de Villèle. In 1825, Muhammad attempted to establish control over the French-protected Waalo Kingdom, then located south of the Senegal River, by marrying the heiress to the kingdom. The French responded by sending a large expeditionary force that crushed Muhammad's army. The war incited the French to expand to the north of the Senegal River.


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