Introduction to Benin This term we have been learning all about Benin. All of the work you are about to see is written by and stars year 5. Now we hope you enjoy! This is not where the Benin empire was This is where the Benin empire was The people of Benin were the Edo people from West Africa. They spoke the Edo language. It started of as a small kingdom then soon became very powerful and started trading with the Europeans. The Empire of Benin survived for just under 1000 years. AD 900 The Vikings were invading BENIN EMPIRE In Britain In 1066 England was conquered by the French In 1415 Henry V defeated the French Henry 8th died in 1547 slavery was abolished in 1807… …and still the Benin empire continued! Here is some information about Benin Obas. • They were the kings of Benin • They owned lots of land and gold • They were loads of servants and farmers that worked for them • They wore expensive clothes and jewellery. • They had very powerful armies and had a very big empire. Who – A rich village vs. a poor village. Poor Village – Zane, Pamusa, Kayon Rich Village – Millo, Bradley, Bix Why – The Poor village is trying to get gold. When – 1376 AD. Lots of countries traded with Benin such as England and Portugal. Trade was a very fair but it actually led to Benin’s destruction. Apparently a British soldier stole something and it meant war. Elephant tusks (Ivory) Slaves Weapons Food Wood Materials Clothes Jewelry Rubber Guns (weapons) Armor Food Brass Welcome to our slavery in Benin sketch. It is a debate about if slavery is illegal in a court room. Benin sold 3000 slaves a year to the europeans. Neighbouring territories were often sold as slaves to the portuguese traders. Benin sold slaves to make a lot of money and to make their land more powerful. Now we are going to act out a courtroom scene By the way we made it ourselves. Now sit back and enjoy! By: Betty, Renee, Sienna and deavian. One of the reasons reason that Benin is so famous is how long it lasted for. It lasted nearly 1000 years! The Oba was the king of Benin. The most famous and the greatest Oba was Oba Ewuare the Great 1440AD-1473AD. And his son won 52 battles .... when he was the Oba! Benin's artwork was great. They could do many types of art like masks, animals and statues. Most of their artworks were made of brass. Benin was really powerful when it comes to war. And when they traded for guns that’s when their army got extreme and they won hundreds of battles… literally! By 1897, Britain needed lots of rubber from Benin, but they didn’t want to pay for it. Benin wanted to stop trading, because they were worried that the British army was getting too strong. Britain said they wanted to trade, but they actually wanted complete control of Benin. 1,200 British soldiers attacked Benin in revenge for losing a battle against the Benin army. British troops captured, burned, and looted Benin City, bringing to an end the west African Kingdom of Benin. As a result much of the country's art, including the Benin Bronzes, was either destroyed or stolen.