The Killer Trail
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Led by two French army captains, the Voulet-Chanoine mission left Dakar on the coast of French West Africa in 1898, headed for the central African region of Lake Chad. The objective was to establish borders between the French and British empires and to 'pacify' belligerent natives. After descending into extraordinary violence, the mission provoked outrage in Paris. Taithe describes this atrocity and its reception in Europe and considers whether Voulet and Chanoine simply took colonial violence to a logical extreme.