WEST AFRICA WEEK, DAY 2!
The great part about focusing on West Africa this week is that I’ll be able to introduce many people to places they might never have even heard of. ⠀⠀⠀
I’m guessing one such place is the village of Ganvie in the country of Benin.
In the 16th and 17th Century, the slave trade was at its peak. During this time members of the Tofinu tribe would be hunted by the nearby Fan people and sold to European slave traders. ⠀⠀⠀
To escape this, many of them fled into the shallow waters of Lake Nokoue and took up residence in the low lying islands. Over time they built stilt houses and established a community. After the slave trade ended, the people who had lived there for centuries now, simply remained because it was their home.
Today Ganvie has a population of almost 20,000 people, almost all of whom still live in stilt houses and travel by small boat. ⠀⠀⠀
It is one of the top/only tourist attractions in Benin and is on the tentative list to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Ganvié 📷 Photo location
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You are right that I have never heard of Ganvie. However, I found your post really interesting.
Precioso tema y mejores imágenes!!
Lovely to see how humans adapt and creat their new homes and communities ❤️
For me this was the only interesting thing in Benin from dealing with the disastrous Nigeria border on my exit.
I love these photos and the history you provide about this part of the world! Thank you! 👏🏻❤️😊
viva el futbol
These are stunning!
Wonderful photos. I especially like the one of the woman and her baskets made from grasses growing in the shallow water. That type of craft is still practiced in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where sweet grass baskets are made and sold.