Dahomey

Dahomey was an African kingdom in the present-day Republic of Benin which lasted from 1600 until 1900. Dahomey developed on the Abomey Plateau in the early 1600s and became a regional power in the 1700s by conquering key cities on the Atlantic coast. For much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the Kingdom of Dahomey was a key regional state, eventually ending tributary status to the Oyo empire and being a major location for the Atlantic slave trade, possibly supplying up to 20% of the slaves to Europe and the Americas. In 1894, the kingdom became part of French West Africa as part of the territory of French Dahomey (which also included Porto-Novo and a large area to the north of Dahomey). French rule lased until 1960 when the independent country took the name Republic of Dahomey, to be changed to Benin in 1975.

The Kingdom of Dahomey was an important regional power that had an organized domestic economy, significant international trade with European powers, a centralized administration, significant taxation systems, and an organized military. Notable in the kingdom were significant artwork, all-female military units known as the Dahomey Amazons, and elaborate religious practices of Vodun with the large festival of the Annual Customs of Dahomey. The Kingdom of Dahomey serves as the context for a number of works of fiction dealing with West African ideas and the slave trade.

Read more about Dahomey:  Name, History of The Kingdom of Dahomey, Politics of The Kingdom, Military, Economy, Religion, Arts, In Popular Culture

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Edouard Dunglas - 1951 French National Assembly Election
... In the legislative elections of June 17, 1951, Dahomey was allowed an additional representative in the French National Assembly ... The fact that two seats were allotted to Dahomey was only known in the last week of April ... of the French Union and that someone from the north of Dahomey would be able to fill it ...
Second Franco-Dahomean War - Trek To Abomey - Battle of Adégon
... The Fon, again, fared badly, losing 86 Dahomey Regulars and 417 Dahomey Amazons ... The French made use of a bayonet charge, which inflicted the lion's share of Dahomey's casualties ... The Battle was a turning point in the mind of Dahomey ...
Second Franco-Dahomean War - End of Dahomey
... From October 26 to 27, the French fought through the Dahomey forces crossing lines of enemy trenches ... French bayonets, which easily outreatched Dahomey's swords and machetes ...
Albert Teveodjré - Political Career
... read three government-sponsored newspapers L'Aube Nouvelle, La Nation, and La Depeche du Dahomey ... publication of Justin Ahomadegbé-Tomêtin's opposition newspaper, Dahomey-Matin, and its predecessor, Cotonou-Matin, in April 1961 ... Another project of his was the construction of a museum to encompass all of Dahomey's art pieces ...
Dahomey - In Popular Culture
... The Kingdom of Dahomey has been depicted in a number of different literary works of fiction or creative nonfiction ... In Dahomey (1903) was a successful Broadway musical, the first full-length Broadway musical written entirely by African Americans, in the early 20th century ... was based on decades of research into the oral traditions of the Kingdom of Dahomey during King Ghezo ...