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Abomey

Abomey (ăbōmāˈ, əbōˈmē), town, 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 Cotonou. Abomey was the capital of the kingdom of Dahomey (see Benin), 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.
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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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