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This Happened - February 9: The Invasion Of Benin

The invasion of Benin, also known as the Punitive Expedition, took place on this day in 1897 by an expeditionary force sent by the British government.

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What was the reason for the invasion of Benin?

The invasion was carried out as a punishment for the killing of a British consul and other European officials by the forces of the Kingdom of Benin. It was led by British naval officer, Vice-Admiral Harry Rawson.

How did the Benin invasion end?

The invasion ended with the capture of the city of Benin, and the installation of a British protectorate over the kingdom.

What were the consequences of the Benin invasion?

The invasion resulted in the looting of the royal palace and the destruction of many of the kingdom's historical artifacts. It also led to the depopulation of the city, and the imposition of British colonial rule over the Kingdom of Benin. To make up for costs of the invasion, many of the objects were auctioned off by the British, much of it ending up in museums around the world.

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Is Disney's "Wish" Spreading A Subtle Anti-Christian Message To Kids?

Disney's new movie "Wish" is being touted as a new children's blockbuster to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary. But some Christians may see the portrayal of the villain as God-like and turning wishes into prayers as the ultimate denial of the true message of Christmas.

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Christians have always had a love-hate relationship with Disney since I can remember. Growing up in the Christian culture of the 1990s and early 2000s, all the Christian parents I knew loved watching Disney movies with their kids – but have always had an uncomfortable relationship with some of its messages. It was due to the constant Disney tropes of “follow your heart philosophy” and “junior knows best” disdain for authority figures like parents that angered so many. Even so, most Christians felt the benefits had outweighed the costs.

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