Benin – 126th Country

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.    

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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. 

Benin – 126th Country

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