Bight of Benin

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a broad indentation of the Gulf of Guinea in western Africa

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Indeed, many former slaves who returned from Brazil to the Bight of Benin became slave merchants (Araujo 2007, 2010).
Among individual topics are the role of Nigerian drug couriers in the international drug trade, speculations on the African origins of Venture Smith, insights from archaeology about the transatlantic slave trade and endogenous technological backwardness in the Bight of Benin region, British abolitionist policy in West Africa during the middle 19th century, and the economic significance of inland coastal fishing in 17th-century Lagos.
In the lacustrine region of the Bight of Benin, the Fon-Gbe Tofinu group incorporated the Yoruba Sango cult--a cult that was central to political centralization, military strength, and royal power.
Gomez's Exchanging Our Country Marks: The Tranformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South (University of North Carolina Press, March 1998) describes how groups from the major areas of Africa who found themselves in the United States--those from the Senegambia, the Bight of Benin, Sierra Leone, the Akan-speaking areas of Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, the Igbo of Nigeria, and Bantu-speaking populations from West Central Africa--exchanged their distinctive African "country marks" to develop an African American identity, often through collaboration in struggles against the institution of enslavement.
Benin may not be able to offer the classic sun, sea and sand holiday formulae, the Bight of Benin coastline being too dangerous with rip tides and currents to make ocean swimming safe.