Colonial History 1896-French Colonial Forces Invade and Conquer the Great Mossi People Kingdoms of Wagadugu,Tenkodogo and Yatenga that had existed from as early as 12th Century.The Territory that is Today known as Burkina Faso became French Upper Volta Colony.The Colony was named after the Volta River found in both Burkina Faso and Ghana. December 1958-Upper