Where Is the Benin Republic Located?

Where Is the Benin Republic Located?

Where Is the Benin Republic Located?

Located in West Africa, Benin's boundaries are the countries Togo, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Niger and it has a short coastline along the Bight of Benin. It is a long, narrow country with a land area of 42,985 square miles. The Niger River runs along its northern border.

Originally called Dahomey, the country earned the nickname "the Slave Coast" since it was a country through which many slaves passed on their way to North and South American slave markets. The French claimed Dahomey as a colony until 1960. Fifteen years after gaining independence from France, the country's name changed to Benin.