The story of Sudan and the Mahdi during the scramble for Africa is one of the epic stories in the history of Africa. It features two extremist figures who cast themselves as deliverers, Messianic figures for their own side of the struggle.
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The man who proclaimed himself as Islam’s Mahdi triggered revolt and confrontation with the British in the Sudan.
General Charles Gordon represented the best of Victorian-era Britain and was one of Queen Victoria’s favorite generals. His stand and fall at Khartoum was used to justify many British incursions into Africa after the fact.
This famous sketch mythologized the death of General Gordon at the hands of the Mahdi’s insurgents as they stormed Khartoum.
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