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Who is Agaja?

Agaja was a King of the Kingdom of Dahomey, in present-day Benin, who ruled from 1718 until 1740. He came to the throne after his brother King Akaba. During his reign, Dahomey expanded significantly and took control of key trade routes for the Atlantic slave trade by conquering Allada and Whydah. Wars with the powerful Oyo Empire to the east of Dahomey resulted in Agaja accepting tributary status to that empire and providing yearly gifts. After this, Agaja attempted to control the new territory of the kingdom of Dahomey through militarily suppressing revolts and creating administrative and ceremonial systems. Agaja died in 1740 after another war with the Oyo Empire and his son Tegbessou became the new king. Agaja is credited with creating many of the key government structures of Dahomey, including the Yovogan and the Mehu.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of African History 3-Volume Set (2013)

by Kevin Shillington

By 1708, under King Agaja, every ...

Google previewThe Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery (1997)

by Junius P. Rodriguez

Agaja Trudo (1708–1740) took Dahomey's tradition of expansion and defense to new heights in the eighteenth century, conquering neighboring states, particularly to the south toward the slave markets and ports along the Atlantic. Agaja ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Islam (2013)

by Ian Richard Netton

King Agaja (1708–32) began to use women as soldiers, conquering much of the south of the country. This brought Dahomey into warring conflict with the powerful Yoruba kingdom of Oyo to the east. The Yorubans captured Abomey in 1738 ...

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Scrabble value of A1G2A1J8A1

The value of this 5-letter word is 13 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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