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Benin. By : Christopher Minter. History. Three Major Historical Facts: The African country was named Dahomey in the 15 th century. Benin was part of the African Slave Trade- slaves were traded between Africa, Europe, and America between 16 th – 18 th centuries

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Benin

Benin

By : Christopher Minter


History
History

Three Major Historical Facts:

  • The African country was named Dahomey in the 15th century.

  • Benin was part of the African Slave Trade- slaves were traded between Africa, Europe, and America between 16th – 18th centuries

  • Benin became a French colony and formed a Socialist type of government at one time.


History1
History

  • The colonial power that ruled Benin was France.


History2
History

  • Benin achieved its independence through war.

  • Gained independence August 1, 1960


History hubert coutoucou maga
History: Hubert Coutoucou Maga

  • Born in mid August 1916 in Parakou, Dahomey

  • He grew up in villages and towns in his hometown

  • He was a moderate political activist, nationalist, and first president of Dahomey

  • In 1951, he was elected to the Chambers of Deputies of the French National Assembly

  • He died on May 8, 2000 in Cotonou, Benin


Culture
Culture

Prominent Tribes:

  • Fon – the largest tribe in Benin

  • Asja and Aizo – lives in the South and are mostly farmers

  • Goun – live in the Porto-Novo area

  • Yoriba – from Nigeria

  • Somba – lives in the Northeast


Culture1
Culture

  • The musical instruments of Benin are sticks, drums, and thumbed pianos


Culture2
Culture

  • Traditional food - “stew” or “soup” ( a tomato-based sauce that includes many different vegetables and meat.) It is served with rice or spaghetti noodles.

  • Breakfast- bread, oatmeal, cereal, and chocolate drinks such as Bournvita or Milo.

  • Many fast foods – ex. Mr. Biggs


Religion
Religion

  • Major Religions – Muslim, Vodoun, Celestial, and Christianity


Religion1
Religion

  • Muslim- a monotheistic religion that follows practices based off Qur’an

  • Vodoun- an indigneous organized religion of coastal West Africa

  • Celestial- a scientific religion of three heavenly kingdoms in Mormon theology

  • Christianity- followers of this religion believe in one God Jesus who came and died for our sins


Religion unique aspect
Religion-Unique Aspect

  • Muslim- They fast off food during a time called Ramadian

  • Vodoun- create different types of dolls and worship them

  • Celestial- uses many different types of science equipment

  • Christianity- followers of this religion go to a church ceremony every Sunday to worship Jesus


Religion how it s practiced in the u s
Religion How it’s practiced in the U.S.

  • Muslim- They pray daily and they give a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once

  • Vodoun- they create animistive figures that they worship

  • Celestial- they talk to there four different gods daily

  • Christianity- they pray daily and praise there one God every day.


Economy
Economy

  • Main Industries- textile mills, construction materials, food process industry, and cement factories.


Economy1
Economy

  • Agricultural Crops- manoie, yams, corn, beans, rice, sweet potatoes, and etc.


Economy2
Economy

  • Natural Resources- oil, limestone, and limber


Economy3
Economy

  • The United States GDP is 7.329 billion in 2010. Benin’s GDP in 2010 is 6.649. This record shows that Benin’s GDP was lower than the United States.



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