Saturday, 12 August 2017

French and Portuguese gunboats active at Noqui, Angola according to the Dutch newspaper Nieuwe Tilburgsche Courant dated 16 March 1884

An item reported the outbreak at Nokki [[Noqui, Angola] of hostilities between French, Dutch and Portuguese merchants and the natives at the factories. The French gunboat Sagittaire (1)and two Portuguese gunboats participated in the fights. The merchants fitted out an expedition against the natives but which was defeated with as result that the natives attacked and besieged the factories. The merchants forced to ask the international Congo-expedition for help.

1. Of the Crocodile class of composite gunboats, launched in 1881 at Normand, Le Havre, France in 1881, completed in 1881 and stricken in 1896.