The Kingdom of Benin took centuries to build and just a few days to raze to the ground. In February 1897, British forces stormed the ancient kingdom's capital city with rockets, shells and Maxim guns capable of firing 600 rounds per minute. A flotilla of warships joined the assault from adjacent waterways. Benin's defenders, fighting with blades and muskets, were swiftly massacred. The British burned the city and built a golf course on the ruins. Victorious soldiers also looted thousands of precious ...
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Added December 03, 2020