Benin: History

  1. 1946

    Dahomey becomes an overseas territory of France.

  2. 1960

    Dahomey gains its independence from France.

  3. 1963

    Dahomey joins the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

  4. 1975

    Dahomey is renamed the People’s Republic of Benin.

  5. 1989

    Benin agrees to economic adjustment measures put forth by the World Bank and IMF.

  6. 2002

    Benin joins the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, a group that aims to establish economic unity and a free trade area in Africa.

  7. 2006

    Benin is awarded debt relief by the World Bank and the African Development Bank.

  8. 2009

    Significant amounts of oil are discovered at a town along the disputed Benin-Niger border.


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