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If you're heading to West Africa to unearth lost treasure, look no further than Benin. This club-shaped country, on the western edge of Nigeria, was once one of the most powerful empires in Africa - the Dahomey kingdom. The ruins of the Dahomeyans' palaces and temples can be seen in Abomey, while Ouidah is a poignant reminder of where their riches came from: the slave trade. The Route...
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  • A group of Tata Somba homes near Natitingou, Benin on August 13, 2006.
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  • A woman stands in front of a typical fortress home of the Tata Somba people near Natitingou, Benin on August 13, 2006.
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  • A Tata Somba man smiles while performing a ritualistic dance near Natitingou, Benin on August 13, 2006.
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  • A fishing boat sits idle on the beach of Grabd Popo, Benin on August 18, 2006.
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  • Two boys walk along a river that parallels the beach in Grand Popo, Benin on August 18, 2006.
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  • A boy organizes fishing nets on the beach in Grand Popo, Benin on August 18, 2006.
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  • A boy sits with a soccer ball at his feet in Ouidah, Benin on August 19, 2006.
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  • The Gate of No Return in Ouidah, Benin on August 19, 2008.
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  • A group of boys play around at Voodoo Alissa near Ouidah, Benin on August 20, 2006.
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  • A voodoo ceremony near Ouidah, Benin on August 20, 2006.
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  • Two women dance during a voodoo ceremony near Ouidah, Benin on August 20, 2006.
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  • A boy plays a drum during a voodoo ceremony near Ouidah, Benin on August 20, 2006.
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  • Motorcycles provide easy transport in Cotonou, Benin on August 21, 2006.
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  • King Gbehanzi II sits and talks with visitors while one of his wives sits at his feet at his palace in Abomey, Benin on August 22, 2006.
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  • A man poses with a bird that he has tied to his finger in Abomey, Benin on August 22, 2006.
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  • Wood poles and stilt houses mark the way along the channels of Lake Ganvie, Benin on August 22, 2006.
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  • A group of women and children sail in boats cut from tree trunks with sails made of sewn together rice bags on Lake Ganvie, Benin on August 22, 2006.
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  • A man paddles a boat through the channels of Lake Ganvie, Benin on August 22, 2006.
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  • The view from a boat carved from a tree in the channels of Lake Ganvie, Benin on August 22, 2006.
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  • A man and a woman paddle in the channels of Lake Ganvie, Benin on August 22, 2006.
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  • A boy poses while  a couple paddles throght the waters of Lake Ganvie, Benin on August 22, 2006.
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  • Children play as a boat passes through the waters around Lake Ganvie, Benin on August 22, 2006.
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  • A lone boy pushes along his pirogue along the shallow waters of Lake Ganvie, Benin on August 22, 2006.
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  • Two women stroll through a local market in Cotonou, Benin on August 23, 2006.
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