Elite troops of women soldiers contributed to the military power of the Kingdom of Dahomey in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The troops were dissolved following the fall of Behanzin (Gbêhanzin), during French colonial expansion at the end of the nineteenth century.

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In whose reign, at the end of the nineteenth century, did the women soldiers of Dahomey fight against French forces?

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Behanzin was the last ruler of the Kingdom of Dahomey.

What accompanied the drills of the women soldiers of Dahomey?

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The songs and dances of the women soldiers were accompanied by the music of various drums, flutes, whistles and iron bells. Moreover, the war cries of the women soldiers punctuated the parades and military exercises.

When was the regiment of women soldiers dissolved?

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The army of women soldiers was dissolved following the fall of the Kingdom of Dahomey during the French colonial conquest.

What was compulsory for women soldiers when they joined the army?

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On becoming soldiers, new recruits were sworn to celibacy. Only a few were given in marriage by the King, under special circumstances, to dignitaries or soldiers who had distinguished themselves in combat.

Where did the women soldiers of Dahomey live?

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The women soldiers of Dahomey lived in the royal palaces, which denied access to men except during public festivities.

What is the name of the capital city of the Kingdom of Dahomey?

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Abomey was the economic centre and political capital of the Kingdom of Dahomey in the nineteenth century, with many thousands of inhabitants. Today, Abomey is a medium-sized Beninese city, with more than 85,000 inhabitants. Pronunciation difficulty with its name has led to its distortion from Abomey to ‘Abomey’, which is found today in many books and maps.

What is the name of the memorial erected in honour of Africans deported from the port of Ouidah?

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In memory of all deported Africans, the Republic of Benin, in partnership with UNESCO, erected the Gate of No Return on the beach of Djegbadji, Benin, in 1995.

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Where did the women soldiers of Dahomey live? In the royal palaces.
In whose reign, at the end of the nineteenth century, did the women soldiers of Dahomey fight against French forces? King Behanzin.
What is the name of the capital city of the Kingdom of Dahomey? Abomey.
What accompanied the drills of the women soldiers of Dahomey? Music, songs and dances.
When was the regiment of women soldiers dissolved? At the end of the nineteenth century.
What was compulsory for women soldiers when they joined the army? Celibacy.
What is the name of the memorial erected in honour of Africans deported from the port of Ouidah? The Gate of No Return.