Tour the rain­for­est vil­lages

All About History - - THE LOST CITY OF BENIN -

Be­yond the city lim­its, many peo­ple lived in vil­lages in clear­ings in the jun­gle, farm­ing yams, pep­pers and other veg­eta­bles as well as cot­ton. The French ex­plorer Rey­naud des Mar­chais noted how care­fully the fields were cul­ti­vated in the 1720s, pro­duc­ing three to four har­vests a year. In im­i­ta­tion of the city’s de­fences, many of these vil­lages were ringed with pro­tec­tive moats.

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