Here is yet another French treaty signed in Niger, this time in the Gaya region. It is hard to say if this treaty was just for the area encompassing the city of Gaya, in Niger today, or the entire department of Gaya in the Dosso Region of Niger, or even if it went as far as the city of Gaya in Nigeria.
The treaty was signed between the King of Gaya, H.E. Abdoulaye, and the French officer Georges Joseph Toutée, on 23 June 1895. The French original is found here: Niger_Traite de protectorat France avec le Roi de Gaya 23 Juin 1895. The English translation below is brought to you by Dr. Y., Afrolegends.com.
23 June 1895
Treaty between the French Republic and the King of Gaya in Niger
Between the Undersigned,
H.E. Abdoulaye, King and owner of the city and dependencies of Gaya, assisted by his council, on one hand, and Georges Joseph Toutée, Staff captain of artillery, Knight of the legion of Honor, commander of the imperial order of Annam, acting in the name and in accordance with the instructions of the French Republic on the other hand,
It has been agreed the following treaty.
The Kingdom of Gaya is placed for life under the sovereignty and exclusive protectorate of France.
The present treaty, which will take effect immediately is hereby submitted for ratification by the French government.
On the occasion of this convention, the King of Gaya accepts the presents sent to him by the French government, as well as the tricolor flag, symbol of the union between the two countries.
Made in Gaya on the Niger river, the twenty third of June eighteen ninety five, in three expeditions, including one in Arab.
And have signed:
The King X
The Captain, G. Toutée
The adjutant Douse