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Behanzin, King of Dahomey, approximately 1844-1906


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    • us: Ahokponu, King of Dahomey, approximately 1844-1906
    • us: Bédazin Boaijéré Honu Bowelé, approximately 1844-1906
    • us: Behanzin, Aouagbe, approximately 1844-1906
    • us: Behanzin Hossu Bowelle, King of Dahomey, approximately 1844-1906
    • us: Bekhanzin, King of Dahomey, approximately 1844-1906
    • us: Gbêhanzin, King of Dahomey, approximately 1844-1906
    • us: King Shark, King of Dahomey, approximately 1844-1906
    • us: Kondo, King of Dahomey, approximately 1844-1906
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    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1844~
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1906-12-10
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        male
    • Occupation

        (lcsh) Dahomey--Kings and rulers
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      • Behanzin, King of Dahomey, 1841-1906
    • Sources

      • found: Amegboh, J. Béhanzin, 1975.
      • found: Biog. & geneal. master index, May 5, 2005(Behanzin, (1845-1906), Behanzin, King of Dahomey (1841-1906))
      • found: Behanzin Web site, May 5, 2005(Behanzin (1841-1906); King of Dahomey)
      • found: MSN encarta Web site, May 5, 2005(Behanzin (1844-1906), roi de Dahomey)
      • found: HumbleHomeStore.com--royal news Web site, May 5, 2005(Behanzin Hossu Bowelle, the king shark (1841-1906); often referred to as the King Shark, a Dahomeyan surname which symbolized strength and wisdom)
      • found: Great African kings Web site, May 5, 2005(Behanzin Hossu Bowelle, the king shark (1841-1906))
      • found: Bekhanzin--Behanzin Web site, May 5, 2005(Bekhanzin [in Cyrillic], Behanzin)
      • found: Women with power 1870-1900 Web site, May 5, 2005(Behanzin (1841-1906))
      • found: Dictionary of African biography, 2012, viewed online Dec. 27, 2013:v. 1, p. 412 (Behanzin, Aouagbe (c. 1844-1906), king of the West African monarchy of Dahomey (now Rep. of Benin); known as Kondo before he ascended to the throne upon the death of his father Glele on Dec. 30, 1889) p. 413 (French offensive began Aug. 1892; Behanzin surrendered Jan. 1894, exiled to Martinique, then Algeria; d. there Dec. 10, 1906)
      • found: Wikipedia, French version, Dec. 27, 2013(Béhanzin (Gbêhanzin, Gbèhanzin) or Bédazin Boaijéré Honu Bowelé; b. 1845, d. 1906; d. in Blida, Dec. 10, 1906; at first known under the name of Ahokponu, then as prince Kondo from 1875; king of Dahomey Jan. 6, 1890 to Jan. 15, 1894, date of his surrender)
      • found: Wikipedia, English version, Dec. 27, 2013(Béhanzin, 1844-Dec. 10, 1906)
      • found: African heritage (blog), Béhanzin, King of Dahomey, one of the last African[s] resistant to French colonization, posted May 14, 2012, viewed Dec. 27, 2013(Béhanzin (Gbêhanzin) Hossu Bowelle or the 'King Shark'; b. 1844 in Abomey)
      • found: Dictionary of African Biography, accessed April 25, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database:(Behanzin, Aouagbe; known as Kondo before he ascended to the throne; king; born c.1844 in Benin; some say that he was raised by the deposed Dahomean ruler Adandozan; how he became the heir is also a matter of debate; developed a reputation for his command of supernatural forces; appears to have tried to get support from the English government for taking the throne (1888); ascended to the throne after Glele's death on 30 December 1889, even though many in the royal family did not support him; withdrew his forces from the Atlantic coast to protect the kingdom's capital of Abomey and the Dahomean heartland; send several thousand of his soldiers and other subjects as workers to German and Portuguese colonies (1889-1892); by 1892 his army was one of the best armed forces of any independent African nation; agreed to surrender in 1894 several months after Abomey had fallen to Dodds; the French exiled him to Martinique; died 10 December 1906 in Algeria)
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