The History of Benin

The history of Benin can be split into three categories: pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial. There isn’t any written history of pre-colonial Benin, but we do know that during the 900s the Edo people settled in the West African rainforests. These people grew a successful kingdom led by a wealthy leader called an Oba. During the mid- 1600s, the English came to Benin, and during the early 1700s, the French came.

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