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Show Notes: The Amazons of Dahomey

Tracy Wilson

Tropenmuseum, part of the National Museum of World Cultures Tropenmuseum, part of the National Museum of World Cultures
Tropenmuseum, part of the National Museum of World Cultures Tropenmuseum, part of the National Museum of World Cultures

As promised in our Palaces of Abomey episode, we are returning to the kingdom of Dahomey today to talk about their female combat force, nicknamed the Amazons by Europeans. This is one of the earliest all-female combat forces in history - many that existed earlier were primarily ceremonial or symbolic, but the Amazons were on the front lines for at least a century.

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Episode link: The Amazons of Dahomey

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