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In 1889 a Russian adventurer attempted with the help of a contingent of Cossacks to establish a colony in which present day African country?

Question #150262. Asked by pehinhota.
Last updated Jun 10 2024.
Originally posted Dec 05 2023 9:11 AM.

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That was in Sagallo, Djibouti (or French Somaliland as Djibouti was then known). Sagallo is a village somewhere on the Gulf of Tadjoura.

A Russian adventurer, whose name is often given as Nikolai Ivanovich Asinov, had attempted to set up a colony in Djibouti(a French protectorate since 1862) and had failed spectacularly at it whilst also incurring the wrath of the French. To make a long story short, the French had him deported back to Odessa after unleashing a barrage of canon fire on his ill-fated colony and all it contained. At least 6 Russian subjects lost their lives in that brief but brutal encounter. I think this link has a few more details on this:


Response last updated by gtho4 on Jun 10 2024.
Dec 05 2023, 12:56 PM
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