Kingdom of Benin Timeline

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  • c. 1100 - 1897
    The Kingdom of Benin rules in southern West Africa.
  • 1440 - 1473
    Reign of Ewuare the Great, the greatest ruler of the Kingdom of Benin.
  • c. 1471
    Portuguese ships arrive off the coast of southern West Africa.
  • 1487
    Portuguese traders establish a permanent presence at Ughoton, the major port of the Kingdom of Benin.
  • 1514
    The king of Benin sends an unsuccessful diplomatic mission to Portugal to secure firearms.
  • 1516
    The king or oba of the Kingdom of Benin prohibits the sale of male slaves to Portuguese traders.
  • 1897
    A British force conquers the Kingdom of Benin in West Africa.