Togo’s twin on the great bulge of the West African coastline is Benin (called Dahomey until 1975). Its new name was taken from a West African kingdom centered in the Nigerian rain forests during the 1500s. About 60 different races live here today. Like Togo, Benin was ravaged by the slave trade from the 1600s onward until the time when the Europeans first arrived. During the 1800s, palm oil became a more important trade than slavery and the French established coastal trading posts. Benin became a French colony in 1904 and France remains its main trading partner.
In the south, sandy...More