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.