On the Origins of the Amazons of Dahomey

  title={On the Origins of the Amazons of Dahomey},
  author={Stanley B. Alpern},
  journal={History in Africa},
  pages={9 - 25}
Among the most intriguing unresolved historical questions concerning the women soldiers of Dahomey are the journalist's basic when, how and why (the who and where are givens). We know the amazons' terminal date precisely: the fourth of November 1892, when they fought their last battle against the French at the gates of Cana. But assertions in the literature as to when they got started range all the way from the reign of Wegbaja (ca. 1640-ca. 1680-85) to that of Glele (1858-89). Neither Wegbaja… 
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