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The Dahomey Amazons or Mino (Our Mothers) was a group of all female warriors in the Kingdom of Dahomey now known as Benin in Africa. The Dahomey Amazons our thought to have possibly descended from a group of female elephant hunters known as Gbeto. Some people believe that the female warriors came into existence as palace guards in the 1720s. Only women and possibly eunuchs were allowed in the palace after dark which is why the king decided to employ the women. The women were supposedly third wives of the king who had not given birth to a child yet or could not have children. Scholars believe that the Dahomey Amazons were treated very well while in the army. The women lived in the Kings compound and were given all the tobacco and alcohol they wanted. Each warrior had up to 50 slaves that followed them around. There were only about 600 women in the Dahomean army from 1760 to 1840.In the mid 1840s, King Gezo expanded the army by adding up to 6,000 women to make his army larger after the kingdom was defeated in battle by a neighboring tribe. Dahomey’s enemies including the French, reported that the women fought bravely and fiercely in battle. They excelled in hand to hand combat and knife fighting. Most scholars believe that most of the Dahomey Amazons died in the 1940s but some believe they could have died in the late 1970s also.

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