1860-1899 | Burning towns and cities | Ethiopia | Looting and plunder

British Army loots and burns the Ethiopian city of Maqdala

13 April 1868 On 13 April 1868, after slaughtering the Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros’s army three days earlier, 12,000 British troops, under Lieutenant-General Robert Napier, seized the fortress city of Maqdala. The emperor committed suicide and most of his soldiers deserted before the British troops arrived. That is perhaps fortunate as the Redcoats shot at sight…