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The Cha-Cha of the Dahomey August 31, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The Cha-Cha of the Dahomey

While reading up on the Amazons of the Dahomey kingdom (Benin) a long month ago, Beach came across a fascinating if little known figure, Francisco Felix De ┬áSouza (obit 1849). De ┬áSouza was a Brazilian merchant who came to the West Coast of Africa in the early nineteenth century and set up a huge slave […]

Women Warriors of Benin July 23, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Women Warriors of Benin

Having tested the limits of masculinity yesterday Beach feels obliged to pay tribute, today, to the fairer sex. He will pass through time to the late nineteenth century and through space to Dahomey (today part of Benin) in Africa where several thousand women formed an important part of the royal army there. Now, of course, […]