Article

The politics of commercial transition: Factional conflict in Dahomey in the context of the ending of the Atlantic slave trade

Citation

Law R (1997) The politics of commercial transition: Factional conflict in Dahomey in the context of the ending of the Atlantic slave trade. Journal of African History, 38 (2), pp. 213-233. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853796006846

Abstract
In 1858, after a reign of forty years, King Gezo of Dahomey died and was succeeded by one of his sons called Badahun, who took the royal name of Glele by which he is more generally known. Badahun had been Gezo's designated heir apparent for at least nine years prior to this but his accession to the throne was nevertheless challenged. The name Glele which he adopted alludes to these challenges, being according to Dahomian tradition abbreviated from the aphorism Glelile ma nh oh n ze, `You cannot take away a farm [gle] ', meaning that he would not allow anyone to appropriate the fruits of his labours, which is explained as expressing `his contempt for the attacks to which he had been exposed as heir apparent'.

Keywords
; Benin History; Slave trade Benin; Gezo, King of Dahomey, d. 1858; Kings and rulers Transition period Africa, West Benin

Journal
Journal of African History: Volume 38, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date31/07/1997
Publication date online08/09/2000
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/280
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN0021-8537