The Dahomey Wars 1892 - 28mm scale.
The West African State of the kingdom of Dahomey (17th- 19th century) is now the southern part of Benin: its capital was Abomey. Founded in the early part of the 17th century, it gradually extended its dominations over most of the region. King Agaja, who in the early 18th century established a corps of women soldiers (known to the Europeans as Amazons) seized control of Allada and the coastal town of Whydah (Ouidah)and became a major supplier of slaves to European Traders. After Agajas death, Dahomey was eclipsed for a time by the neighboring Yoruba kingdom of Oyo, but its power was revived by King Gezo (reigned 1818-1858), who extended its frontiers northward. French penetratio of the coastal region began in the 1850s. The last king, Behanzin, tried to resist the French advance, but was defeated and exiled to Martinique. Dahomey then became a French colony.