The Amazons of Dahomey


The kingdom of Dahomey may have had the world's first full-time, all-female combat fighting force. How did these women rise to become some of history's fiercest warriors, and what happened to them?

Dahomey Amazons circa 1897 (Present-day Benin) --- Image by © Chris Hellier/Corbis

Topics in this Podcast: Amazons, military history, African history, Africa, Dahomey, women, 19th century, 18th century