Warrior Women: The Amazons of Dahomey and the Nature of War

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The Amazons of Dahomey

To understand the emergence of women as the elite of their warlike society, a brief look back at the history of Dahomey is indispensable. Trailing after Portuguese ships that arrived during the latter half of the fifteenth century, traders from several European nations sailed up and down the West African coast. Amused by the antics of children and adults alike who sported in the shallow surf like dolphins, they were also impressed by the skill of so-called kruman, African sailors recruited from hundreds of miles away to paddle their canoes out to the great ships and back to shore filled with precious cargo and terrified passengers despite towering waves and ravenous sharks so dangerous that local people would not risk venturing beyond the shallow water near the shoreline. The surf and sharks were especially dangerous at the port of Whydah on Dahomey's coast, where a Dutch slave trader named William Bosman wrote in 1698 that canoes overturned there every day. During the few weeks that Bosman spent at Whydah, seven Europeans drowned or were eaten by sharks. The victims included two English and one Portuguese sea captains.1But as dangerous as this coast could be, Europeans continued their explorations along it as well as their pursuit of slaves. The demands of Brazilian sugar plantations for more slaves accelerated during the 1630s, and eventually one-fifth of all slaves taken

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - The Amazons of Dahomey 11
  • 2 - The Kingdom of Dahomey 37
  • 3 - The Creation of Majesty 71
  • 4 - The Rise and Fall of the Women Warriors 95
  • 5 - Gender Hierarchies and Women in War 121
  • Notes 157
  • Bibliography 173
  • Index 187
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