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Tango0104 Apr 2017 4:05 p.m. PST

"After the death of Mohammed Ali, the East Sudan remained under Egyptian rule. Power was wielded by the Turco-Egyptian pashas and beys. They seized huge estates, established monopolies on Sudan's main export items and robbed the people by excessive taxation. The slave trade was practised extensively, although in 1857 the ruler of Egypt, Mohammed Said, had officially declared its abolishment. Whole regions in the Sudan were becoming the domains of the big slave traders.

In the seventies, to the yoke of the Turco-Egyptian pashas and slave-traders was added that of the European colonialists.

The seventies and eighties of the 19th century were marked by the colonial annexation of Africa. In a mere decade or two the European Powers had divided almost the entire African continent between themselves.

Naturally, the Europeans also coveted the East Sudan with its natural resources and its extremely profitable trade in tropical goods. Another reason why they wanted to take over the East Sudan was because it offered an important means for penetrating into Central Africa. The Nile was a natural route leading into the interior. Moreover, the occupation of the Sudan was closely linked with the Egyptian question. Any Power which gained control over the flow of the Nile in the Sudan would automatically dominate Egypt…"
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Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2017 5:32 p.m. PST

I immediately noticed the host website name after clicking the hyperlink. A cursory glance at the document revealed that it was a load of crap.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2017 5:30 a.m. PST

Thanks for pointing out the URL. No need to click there.

Chouan Inactive Member10 Apr 2017 12:14 p.m. PST

"A cursory glance at the document revealed that it was a load of crap."
Are you suggesting that the whole thing is factually incorrect? That Gordon wasn't Governor of the Equatorial Province, for example?

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