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- proper noun historical A former
countryin Africa, located in present-day Benin.
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- noun a country on western coast of Africa; formerly under French control
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2,000 Catholics in Dahomey 1830; active mission in interior 1860; French colonize 1872; resist signing protectorate treaty with Great Britain but after 8 British representatives killed, a British punitive expedition in 1897 destroyed much of Benin City and the country..
The Kingdom of Benin (not to be confused with the present-day Republic of Benin, called Dahomey until 1975) had been well known to Europeans since the Age of Exploration; however, the original significance of its artistic objects was never understood.
"The word Dahomey, or more properly Da-omi, means Da's belly.
The dry lowland area on the eastern edge of the ecoregion is termed the Dahomey Gap and is a major biogeographical barrier.
In 1893, France conquered and annexed Dahomey, which is on the coast; but England controlled the hinterland of Dahomey through the treaties her company had made with the chiefs.
The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 2, No. 11, March 17, 1898 A Weekly Magazine for Boys and Girls
About the year 1728 the territory now known as Dahomey was subject to three native dynasties, one of which at that date conquered the other two and set up its own despotism under the present territorial designation.
The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery
Jan. 27, 2009 - Jim Hyres (Nation once known as Dahomey / Game with "Out of Gas" cards / Big name in retail jewelry / Myopic Mr.)
That, and "Dahomey", gives it a really hilarious anachronistic feel.
A slave girl from Dahomey now Benin, she is sent along on a mission to ransom the daughter of the last Islamic King of Granada from the Spanish conquerors.
The legendary traveler's books are set not only at the tip of South America but also in Dahomey now Benin, the Welsh border country, Australia and communist Czechoslovakia.
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