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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

Olfert Dapper, Description de l'Afrique, contenant les noms, la situation & les confins de toutes ses parties (Amsterdam: Wolfgang, Waesberge, Boom & van Someren, 1686)

Benin City

The seventeenth-century image of Benin City depicts the capital of a vast empire. By the mid-sixteenth century, it stretched from the region of northern Lagos to the Niger River delta. Presided over by the oba, or king, the city was both a major trading center and the religious and political capital of the Edo people.

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Image ID: 112433
Title: De Stadt Benin.
Source: Description de l'Afrique, contenant les noms, la situation & les confins de toutes ses parties, leurs rivieres, leurs villes & leurs habitations, leurs plantes & leurs animaux; les moeurs, les coutumes, la langue, les richesses, la religion.
Name: Dapper, Olfert (1639-1689) - Author
Location: Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Subjects: Benin City (Nigeria)
Edo-speaking peoples

Keywords: Benin City
Edo
Nigeria - Ethnic Groups
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