History UsefulNotes / Benin

29th Dec '13 10:28:57 PM merlinxchick
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Formerly known as Dahomey and once part of the infamous Slave Coast, what is now the Republic of Benin was once the mighty Kingdom of Dahomey, a kingdom mostly known for its AmazonBrigade (that and the fact that they were nicknamed [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast “the black]] [[TheSpartanWay Sparta”]] should tell you all you need to know about its sheer awesomeness). They resisted successfully attempts to conquer them until 1892, when France managed to conquer the kingdom during the Second Franco-Dahomean War, turning it into a colony named French Dahomey.

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Formerly Benin ('''French:''' ''Bénin''), officially known as the Republic of Benin ('''French:''' ''République du Bénin''), also formerly known as Dahomey and once part of the infamous Slave Coast, what is now the Republic of Benin was once the mighty Kingdom of Dahomey, a kingdom mostly known for its AmazonBrigade (that and the fact that they were nicknamed [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast “the black]] [[TheSpartanWay Sparta”]] should tell you all you need to know about its sheer awesomeness). They resisted successfully attempts to conquer them until 1892, when France managed to conquer the kingdom during the Second Franco-Dahomean War, turning it into a colony named French Dahomey.
28th Jul '13 6:01:10 PM lilburn2013
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[[caption-width:332:We all know what you're thinking about [[FreudWasRight the country's shape]]... {{get your mind out of the gutter}}]]

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[[caption-width:332:We all know what you're thinking about [[FreudWasRight [[caption-width:332: Presenting Benin. Not to be confused with Benin City. Or the country's shape]]... {{get your mind out Bight of Benin. Or the gutter}}]]Benin River. Or the Bini people. Oh forget it, yay Benin!]]
15th Jan '13 9:50:54 AM zero5889
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->The green left half symbolizes hope; the yellow upper-right half symbolizes wealth; and the red lower-right half symbolizes courage. The flag was originally adopted in 1959, then replaced in 1971 by a plain green flag with the red star of socialism on the upper left corner, but was since re-adopted in 1990.

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->The flag uses the traditional Pan-African colors, but with additional interpretations. The green left half symbolizes hope; the yellow upper-right half symbolizes wealth; and the red lower-right half symbolizes courage. The flag was originally adopted in 1959, then replaced in 1971 by a plain green flag with the red star of socialism on the upper left corner, but was since re-adopted in 1990.
15th Jan '13 9:50:04 AM zero5889
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15th Jan '13 9:49:48 AM zero5889
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[[quoteright:125:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Benin_4127.png]]



Actor Djimon Hounsou and singer Angélique Kidjo were born here. And yes, it's the same Benin from ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight Sins of the Fathers''.

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Actor Djimon Hounsou and singer Angélique Kidjo were born here. And yes, it's the same Benin from ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight Sins of the Fathers''.Fathers''.

[[AC:The Beninese flag]]
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->The green left half symbolizes hope; the yellow upper-right half symbolizes wealth; and the red lower-right half symbolizes courage. The flag was originally adopted in 1959, then replaced in 1971 by a plain green flag with the red star of socialism on the upper left corner, but was since re-adopted in 1990.
6th Sep '12 7:57:17 PM ArkadyDarell
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Actor Djimon Hounsou and singer Angélique Kidjo were born here. And yes, it's the same Benin from ''GabrielKnight Sins of the Father''.

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Actor Djimon Hounsou and singer Angélique Kidjo were born here. And yes, it's the same Benin from ''GabrielKnight ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight Sins of the Father''.Fathers''.
5th Sep '12 10:28:44 PM GreenHyena
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Actor Djimon Hounsou and singer Angélique Kidjo were born here.

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Actor Djimon Hounsou and singer Angélique Kidjo were born here. And yes, it's the same Benin from ''GabrielKnight Sins of the Father''.
25th Feb '12 3:29:14 AM AmusedTroperGuy
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In 1960, the country gained independence and managed to keep a democratic government for at least 12 years. However, in 1972, a coup d’etat saw the rise of a (supposedly) Marxist-Leninist government. They also changed the name of the country to a name (supposedly) more neutral, the People’s Republic of Benin; the new name was taken from the Bight of Benin which, incidentally, was taken from the Benin Empire (which wasn’t in modern Benin but rather in modern Nigeria).

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In 1960, the country gained independence and managed to keep a democratic government for at least 12 years. However, in 1972, a coup d’etat saw the rise of a (supposedly) Marxist-Leninist government. They also changed the name of the country to a name (supposedly) more neutral, the People’s Republic of Benin; the new name was taken from the Bight of Benin which, incidentally, [[RecursiveTranslation was taken from the Benin Empire Empire]] [[NonIndicativeName (which wasn’t in modern Benin but rather in modern Nigeria).
Nigeria)]].
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