|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||The Encyclopedia of Empire|
|Editors||Nigel Dalziel, John M MacKenzie|
|Publisher||John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.|
|State||Published - Jan 11 2016|
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.