The GULLAH/GEECHEE preserved more of their Afrikan cultural heritage than any other group of Afrikan Americans. The English spoken by the enslaved Gullah was greatly influenced by their native languages of the Fante, Ga, Kikongo, Kimbundu, Mandinka, Twi, Ewe, Ibo and Yoruba.
Dohomey was a wealthy West African empire. The elements of Dohomey's success were its trade and its powerful army, whose soldiers were considered invincible.
The fierce and mighty Behanzin Bowelle was the king of this great empire. His army contained 25,000 warriors, 5,000 of which were women. The women were the most respected and feared part of Behanzin's army. They ranked above the men.
These women were thoroughly trained and kept trim by a system of gymnastics developed by the Dohomians themselves. Recruited from among the healthiest and strongest virgins in Dohomey, these females were sworn to chastity.
The king sometimes picked his wives from among them or gave them to his bravest warriors.
The training of these women was very rigorous. One of their drills was charging three times barefoot into a construction of thorns, nude to their waist. Another exercise was to kill a maddened bull with their bare hands.
Perfect was the discipline of these female warriors. They fought with extreme bravery. Excited by their own courage and undying energy, the women, like the men were thought to be invincible.
(Image: Dahomey Amazons The only all-female front-line combat arms military unit in modern history.... this pic is with some men the Amazons was there own unit who destroyed the France invaders)
Award winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's stock is set to rise further with the release of the Hollywood treatment of her Orange prize winning novel 'Half of a Yellow Sun'. We speak to the Nigerian author during a visit to the UK.
Teresa de Benguela was a leading maroon who lived in Brazil during the 18th century . She was the wife of Joseph Louse , who headed the Quilombo louse. With the death of Joseph, Teresa became the queen of the quilombo, and under her leadership, the community black and indigenous resisted slavery for two decades, surviving until 1770, when the quilombo was destroyed by the forces of Luiz Pinto de Souza Coutinho and the population (79 blacks and 30 Indians), killed or imprisoned.