The leader of a neighboring tribe much more powerful than Cudjo’s. The King derives his strength by cooperating with European slave traders and selling neighboring villagers as slaves. In Cudjo’s retelling, the King declares war on his tribe on a false pretext in order to capture civilians for sale as slaves.
King of Dahomey Character Timeline in Barracoon
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...unlike in America, Africans can’t use insanity as a defense in criminal trials. Eventually, the king pronounces that the man is guilty and sentences him to execution. Just as before, the... (full context)