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Once known as Dahomey, Benin is among Africa's most stable democracies and largest cotton producers but remains one of the world's poorest countries. Part of its shore was once known as the Slave Coast, a major hub for captives to be shipped across the ocean as part of the transatlantic slave trade. There have been occasional clashes to the north along Benin's border with Burkina Faso.


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