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, officially Republic of Benin, republic (2015 est. pop. 10,576,000), 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
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They included Tomba, leader of the Baga inGuineas and Agaja Trudo, king of Dahomey.
The King of Dahomey was reported to have remarked to Governor Abson of the African Company's fort at Whydah: "What hurts me most is that some of your people have maliciously represented us in books that never die, alleging that we sell our wives and children for the sake of a few kegs of brandy.
However, he was to expect no advice from London, as Palmerston made clear: "Your previous knowledge of the King of Dahomey and of African affairs and the habits of the Blacks, renders it unnecessary for me to give you any very specific instructions for the guidance of your conduct." Only someone as deferentially eager for recognition as Duncan would have accepted terms that so shamefully exploited his expertise without payment.
When the plantation owner discovers the outrage, he conspires to have the governor appoint da Silva to manage the slave trade on the Bight of Benin, an assignment that means certain death because the present King of Dahomey is taken to be a brutal madman.
The common Victorian perception of black people is illustrated by Sally, the African 'daughter' Queen Victoria received as a gift from the King of Dahomey in 1850, and who's story forms the basis of the first essay.
(P, I) A young man's cleverness proves an asset when the first king of Dahomey decides to find a queen, but offers for dowry only one paltry cowry shell.