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The Emperor's Request for Sudanese Troops Page 3 Chapter 1 Background to the Egyptian Sudanese Presence in Mexico 1 The Sudanese Battalion The African soldiers who fought so gallantly in Mexico were, in one sense, pawns in a Euro-American imperial conflict. But they were not demeaned by it. Their story not only highlights some of the differing perceptions that prevailed about the institution of slaveryEgyptian, French, Americanit also shows how the men themselves transcended their narrow lot. In Mexico, and in their later service in Africa, they took pride in all they did.

It brief, you faithfully serve the master or the government who employs, pays, and feeds you, so long as he is capable of doing so. When he is seen to be no longer capable, you transfer, along with your brothers-in-arms, to another master, another government. In Mexico there was never any doubt who was master and, as we shall see, the French looked after them well. In the years ahead, when their master, the Egyptian government, was fighting a losing campaign against the Mahdists and was unable to help them in their desperate straits, the decision of the survivors whether to join the Mahdist Jihadiyya riflemen or make the appalling effort to get to Musawwa*' and from there take ship to Egypt, their covenanted master, cannot have been easy.

Daly, and J. J. Ewald, Robin and Elizabeth Hodgkin, Professor P. M. Holt, Dr. D. H. Johnson, Thirza Küpper, Dr. Yoshiko Kurita, Professors G. N. Sanderson and G. R. Warburg, and Mag. Dr. M. H. Zach. But the ultimate responsibility for what we have written is ours. RICHARD HILL AND PETER HOGG Page xiii Abbreviations Fuller titles of printed works noticed here in brief may be found in Appendix 2. adj. H. Anno Hegirae (Latin) = in the year of the emigration (Arab. E. Archives du Ministère des Affaires Étrangères, Paris Arab.

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