1860-1899 | Burning crops | Burning towns and cities | Burning villages | Collective punishments | Punitive operations | Sierra Leone

15 APRIL

DOZENS OF SIERRA LEONE TOWNS AND VILLAGES BURNED [ 15 April 1898 ] Few people in Britain have ever heard of the ‘Hut Tax War’ of 1898, provoked by the introduction on 1 January 1898 of an unprecedented five shillings tax on every Sierra Leone home with more than two rooms to cover the costs…