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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.

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D'ailleurs, la maison familiale dans laquelle le roi est installe est miserable et ne recele aucun signe d'une demeure royale, ni meme simplement familiale, tel qu'on peut en voir a Abomey ou Porto-Novo.
1) Department of Animal Production, Laboratory of Applied Ecology (LEA), Faculty of Agronomic Sciences (FSA), University of Abomey Calavi (UAC) BP 348, Fidjrosse-Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Ethnic groups include the Yoruba in the southeast (migrated from Nigeria in the 12th century); the Dendi in the north-central area (they came from Mali in the 16th century); the Bariba and the Fulbe (Peul) in the northeast; the Betammaribe and the Somba in the Atacora Range; the Fon in the area around Abomey in the South Central and the Mina, Xueda, and Aja (who came from Togo) on the coast.
In 1943, the French administration created the Abomey Historical Museum on the site of the old royal palaces of Abomey that survived the fires of the period of the French conquest.
The country, which is the developer of the same voodoo which subsequently surfaced in Brazil, Haiti, Cuba and the Americas with the introduction of slaves to the region, conducted the peace ceremony on National Voodoo Day, at a festival in Abomey.
Addressing devotees at Abomey, Benin, high priest Dah Aligbonon offered prayers and sacrifices as part of the West African state's national voodoo day.
Los bajorrelieves del Palacio de Abomey, en Benin, presentaban avanzado deterioro, lo que justifico el hecho de que fueran retirados del elemento original para poder ser restaurados.
I grew Black as Seboulisa, who I was to find in the cool mud halls of Abomey several lifetimes later--and, as alone" (58).
More than a century ago, the city of Abomey, approximately eighty miles from the coast, was the capital of the Fon people's kingdom of Dahomey, At the center of the city was the king's splendid palace with noblemen and their entourages, a household with royal wives, and family groups of artists who worked for the kings.
One day the King has da Silva and his quartermaster abducted and brought to the royal residence at Abomey to be executed for no apparent reason.
Among the most popular day trips from Cotonou: Ganvie, a city of canals and houses on stilts; Abomey, with several ancient structures and offbeat shopping; and Pendjari National Park, with a nice collection of wildlife.