Bight of Benin


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Benin, Bight of,

northern arm of the Gulf of Guinea, c.550 mi (885 km) wide, W Africa, between Cape Three Points, S Ghana, and the Niger River delta, SW Nigeria. The bight was an important area for slave trading between the 16th and 19th cent. After the 19th cent. palm oil trading became fo primary importance. In the late 1950s oil was discovered in the Niger River delta.
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Indeed, many former slaves who returned from Brazil to the Bight of Benin became slave merchants (Araujo 2007, 2010).
Its name refers to Francisco Felix de Souza (1754-1849), alias Chacha (10), a famous and wealthy Brazilian slave merchant who settled in the Bight of Benin in the early nineteenth century.
See Pierre Verger, Trade Relations between the Bight of Benin and Bahia from the 17th to 19th Century, trans.
But the Bight of Benin did not have its evil reputation for nothing.
Hugh Clapperton, a Scottish explorer and diplomat, made two expeditions into West Africa, the first across the Sahara Desert in 1822-24 and the second inland from the Bight of Benin in 1825-27.