In western Africa, El-Hajj Umar Tall destroys the Bambara Empire of Mali
West African jihad leader Al-Hajj Umar Tall of the Tukelors of Fouta Djallon defeated the declining Bambara Empire of Mali at the Battle of Wéta and captured its capital of Ségoukoro. Umar Tall died in battle in 1864 continuing his efforts to expand the Tukelor Empire and spread Islam in the region. (By John Osborne)
Ross Velton, Mali (Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 2000), 142.