Completely washes a disturbing and deadly history
–Monkey Butler the Fifth
In real life, the Dahomey are much more the villains than the heroes. They sold thousands of Africans into slavery to collect wealth and power during and long before the European slave trade. The Kingdom of Dahomey was a bloodthirsty society bent on conquest. It was customary for them to use the elderly and children of villages they raided for slaves as live targets. They conquered neighboring African states and took their citizens as slaves, selling many in the Atlantic slave trade in exchange for items like rifles, tobacco, and alcohol. Most of the slaves they sold ended up in America. They also kept slaves for themselves to work on royal plantations. The business of slavery is what brought Dahomey its wealth and it’s a travesty to depict them as heroes.