The name 'Cotonou' means 'the mouth of the river of death' in the local Fon language. At the beginning of the 19th century, Cotonou (then spelled Kotonou) was merely a small fishing village. Originally dominated by the Kingdom of Dahomey, in 1851 the French made a treaty with the King that allowed them to establish a trading post at Cotonou. From then on, the town developed quickly to become the largest harbour in the region.
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