Porto-Novo, the capital of Benin in West Africa; 267,200 residents (2009). According to Countryaah data, Porto-Novo is located on the land side of a large lagoon and spreads out over the surrounding hilly country. In the city center are many colonial buildings, royal palaces and several traditional shrines; east of this to trade districts and ministries. According to thesciencetutor, the old center in Benin gives the city a provincial feel, and it lies as an appendix to Cotonou, Benin’s economic center, 30 km to the west.
The city was changed. in the 1500-h. and was long an important slave-trading town. During the French colonial period, it was the main city of Dahomey.
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