Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Miss Sara Forbes Bonetta

Born in 1843, Sara Forbes was raised as Queen Victoria's goddaughter after being presented to the queen as a gift from King Ghezo of Dahomey.

As extraordinary as Sara might be for the times, I'm far more interested in the Kingdom of Dahomey, a country that lasted 300 years, from its founding around 1600 until it was abolished by the French in 1900. Not even one hundred and fifty years later the vast majority of Americans have never heard of this nation and yet we think our country immortal.


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