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Term: Bénin


Territory of modern Benin was an important native kingdom, at its height 17th-19th cen.; conquered by French, who deposed its ruler & conquered Abomey in 1892; was part of French West Africa from 1895; official language is French, though local languages are also spoken, including Fon, Yoruba, Adja, Bariba, Somba & Aizo.


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20th century