Time will show the effect of our possession of Benin. On the trade of the Benin River it cannot fail to be beneficial. The removal of trade Jujus, and increased security to travellers of all sorts, must not only bring the products of the country itself to European markets, but also increase the passage of trade from the interior.
Moreover, the capture of the ancient city, at nearly the same time as the destruction of the power of *Beda, farther inland, will greatly increase the prestige of the white man, and make him safer and more respected in his travels through the neighbouring countries.
Bacon, R. H. Benin City of Blood, 1897, pages 128 - 129
*The Battle of Bida led by George Goldie of the Royal Niger Company took place on January 26 and 27 1897. Two Hausa princes: Princes Lapai and Aguay were killed in the battle. Prince Lapine the Emir's brother and other princes were severely wounded. When Bida fell, George Goldie took up residence in the Emir's palace which covered a vast area of land. He thus gained more land in the Southern and Northern Coasts of the Niger River to own and rule. With local rulers killed off or displaced, his territories expanded. Read about the battle here ---->
*Read about the British public opinion on this matter here --->
WEST AFRICA- BENIN, ASHANTI, NUPE
WEST AFRICA—BENIN, ASHANTI, NUPE.THAMES STAR, VOLUME XXIX,
ISSUE 8735, 11 AUGUST 1897