Links to explore this further:

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

visit http://www.sas.upenn.edu/

for a full screen map, and

http://www.sas.upenn.edu/

for a very brief coverage of Beninese history

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/

has a much fuller history of Benin

http://epa-prema.net/a

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

http://epa-prema.net/a

to go straight to the history page

http://www.countryreports.org/

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.

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