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Abomey

(ăbōmā`, əbō`mē), town (1992 pop. 66,595), S Benin. It is the trade center for an agricultural region where grain, peanuts, and palm products are processed. The town is linked by railroad with CotonouCotonou
, city (1992 pop. 536,827), capital of Atlantique prov., S Benin, on the Gulf of Guinea. It is Benin's chief seaport and commercial center. Cotonou's airport and road and rail connections also make it the transportation and communications hub of Benin.
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. Abomey was the capital of the kingdom of Dahomey (see BeninBenin
, officially Republic of Benin, republic (2005 est. pop. 7,460,000), 43,483 sq mi (112,622 sq km), W Africa, bordering on Togo in the west, on Burkina Faso and Niger in the north, on Nigeria in the east, and on the Bight of Benin (an arm of the Gulf of Guinea) in the south.
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, founded in the early 17th cent. It dominated production and trade with European companies on the Slave Coast until the late 19th cent. Abomey was conquered by the French between 1892 and 1894. Ruins of the palaces of former Dahomey kings remain, and there is a museum.

Abomey

 

a town in South Dahomey. Population in 1964, 23,000. It is on the rail line and is a motor road junction. Abomey is an agricultural trade center dealing in peanuts, palm kernels and oil, shea trees (karite), cotton, and tobacco. There are craft enterprises, including woodcarving and pottery. Abomey was founded in the middle of the 17th century as the capital of Dahomey. There are deposits of ilmenite to the southwest.