Links to explore this further:

For a broad overview of African independence go to our site's coverage of African Independence (chronology and history)


for a full screen map, and

for a very brief coverage of Beninese history

has a much fuller history of Benin

is the front page of the Abomey Historical museum, or just click on

to go straight to the history page

has a brief history of Benin and its post-independence politics which highlights that Benin was the first African country to successfully transition from dictatorship to a pluralistic political system.