Wolof Empire

Hermann W. Von Hesse

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The emergence of the Wolof Empire by the 15th century coincided with the rise of Atlantic commerce and subsequently the slave trade in the 17th century. Local resistance to the trade led to wars between Islamic cleric reformers and the Wolof kings who succeeded in maintaining the trade with the help of the French. French abolition of the slave trade in 1848 led to the French imperial expansion into the interior of Senegal. Consequently, the Wolof Empire was incorporated into the French colony of Senegal.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Empire
EditorsNigel Dalziel, John M MacKenzie
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9781118455074
ISBN (Print)9781118440643
StatePublished - Jan 11 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • caste
  • Wolof
  • marabout


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