The discussed text tells several important things about cross-cultural encounters. First, western countries invest significant resources in their expeditions, to make these encounters real. The goals of these expeditions vary, from the need to explore primitive works of art to enrich the existing collections in western museums. In the case of the Punitive Expedition, the specimens of bronze and ivory, as well as wood carvings would have become the key to the museum’s continuous success (Brown 2008). Unfortunately, the British Museum lost its chance to secure for the national collection the best representative elements of the Art of Benin (Brown 2008).