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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.
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History
  • The colonial power that ruled Benin was France.
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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
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Culture
  • The musical instruments of Benin are sticks, drums, and thumbed pianos
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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
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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.
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Economy
  • Agricultural Crops- manoie, yams, corn, beans, rice, sweet potatoes, and etc.
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Economy
  • Natural Resources- oil, limestone, and limber
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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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