The Dahomey Amazons (17th Century-19th Century): One of History’s Fearless Black Women Warriors

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TheOriginalBlackWoman

The Dahomey Amazons                                                                              The Dahomey Amazons

The pictures you see are the Dahomey Amazon Warriors (also known as the Ahosi or Mino). They were a group of fierce, ass-kicking all-women regiment warriors of the Fon People of the Dahomey Kingdom in the present-day Republic of Benin. They ass-kicked from the 17th century up until the 19th century. They were called Amazons in the European Language because of their similarities  with the semi-mythical Amazons of ancient Anatolia and the Black Sea, but referred to themselves as the Ahosi (king’s wives) and the Mino (our mothers) in their native language.

The Dahomey Amazon Warriors are said to have originated under the leadership of King Houegbadja…

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