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|British Interventionism in the Red Sea Eastern Sudan and Britain's Global Defence Strategy
|Fargher, James A.
|War in History (ISSN 0968-3445)
|Military, Defense and Arms
History and Exploration
|This article explores the significance of two British military expeditions deployed to the ancient Sudanese port city of Suakin on the Red Sea coast in 1884 and 1885. Although the British government claimed the expeditions were organized to support Egyptian forces in Sudan during the Mahdist revolt, the evidence suggests instead that the intervention was orchestrated as part of a wider effort to seize all Egyptian ports in the Red Sea to prevent them from falling into French hands. This move came as Britain began increasingly to rely on the imperial sea lanes to support its status as a global power in the late nineteenth century.