Benin – 126th Country. To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. Benin is my 126th country.
Benin sits in the corner of Africa between giant Nigeria and twin sliver Togo on the Gulf of Guinea. It is a nation of 10 million with many earning a living from subsistence agriculture. Benin earned its independence from the French in 1960. From the 17th-19th Benin was ruled by the Dahomey Kingdom.
I arrived in tropical Cotonou after a long flight, Benin’s biggest city located on the coast. I spent time visiting the UNESCO Royal Palaces of Dahomey, the stilt village of Ganvie, and Ouidah. Ouidah was part of the Slave Route, playing a role in the slave trade from the 17th-19th century.
Read about my visit to the Ganvie, the stilt village.
Gate of No Return
Benin – 126th Count