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Benin

1975-PRESENT

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125-franc CFA Ritual Offering to Hebiesso single

The coastal area of Dahomey, on the Gulf of Guinea, Benin was occupied by the French in the 19th century. Separate stamps were issued from 1892. In 1895, the area was grouped with recently conquered inland territories to form the French colony of Dahomey. In November 1975, Dahomey changed its name to the People's Republic of Benin.

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50-franc CFA Hippopotamus single
 

Precedent Countries:


DAHOMEY
1958-1975

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25-franc CFA Village Ganvie single

A former republic in West Africa, on the Gulf of Guinea, situated between Togo and Nigeria. During 1863-92 France occupied the area, consolidating its holdings as the colony of Dahomey in 1899. In 1904, it became part of French West Africa. In 1958, Dahomey became an autonomous republic within the French Community, and in 1960 it became an independent republic. In 1974, Dahomey assumed the name Benin.

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FRENCH WEST AFRICA
1944-1959

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6-franc Fula Woman, French Guinea single

Former French administrative unit comprising the African colonies of Senegal, French Guinea, Ivory Coast, Dahomey, French Sudan, Mauritania, Niger and Upper Volta. Although French West Africa was formed in 1895 as an administrative unit, the various colonies continued to issue their own stamps until 1943, when French West African issues came into use. These, in turn, were replaced by the separate issues of the territories as they became republics during 1958-59.

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FRENCH COLONY OF DAHOMEY
1899-1944

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30-centime Pile House single

A former republic in West Africa, on the Gulf of Guinea, situated between Togo and Nigeria. During 1863-92 France occupied the area, consolidating its holdings as the colony of Dahomey in 1899. In 1904, it became part of French West Africa.

Narrative by Linn's Stamp News

 

FRENCH COLONY OF BENIN
1892-1895

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Overprint on 15-centime stamp of French Colonies single

The coastal area of Dahomey, on the Gulf of Guinea, Benin was occupied by the French in the 19th century. Separate stamps were issued from 1892. In 1895, the area was grouped with recently conquered inland territories to form the French colony of Dahomey.

Narrative by Linn's Stamp News

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