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French Colonization (1872-1960)

Benin, formerly known as French Dahomey, was colonized by France in 1872. On 1 August 1960, French Dahomey gained independence from France and was renamed Benin. [1]

To learn more about the history of colonial Dahomey, read Slavery, colonialism and economic growth in Dahomey, 1640-1960.

Record collection Years covered Record type Language Who is in the records
Dahomey (Benin) Civil Registration and Parish Registers, 1889-1912, index and images. 1889-1918 French
Benin Civil Registration of Deaths 1891-2014, images. Deaths French


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "French Dahomey," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 11 July 2019.