- Named after General Sir Robert Napier (1810 – 1890) who in 1868 led the British Expedition to Abyssinia to rescue several missionaries and two representatives of the British government taken hostage by the Ethiopian emperor Tewodros II. The monarch had taken the prisoners in a bid to get the British government’s attention after it turned down his requests for military assistance against Islamic rebels. The mission was hailed a great success in the face of formidable obstacles. Napier also played a leading part in the suppression of the Indian Mutiny.
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