I saw little of the events after the battle of Porto Novo, as my father was taken ill soon after, and died at Madras.
Kotonu was originally a small village which served as the seaport of Porto Novo and was burnt to the ground in 1890.
Situated on the beach between the sea and the lagoon of Porto Novo, the soil consists of heavy sand.
Porto Novo at the beginning of the 19th century became tributary to Dahomey.
Now and then a white-bearded old sepoy may still be found, who loves to talk of Porto Novo and Pollilore.
former West African kingdom, from the Bini people, whose name is perhaps related to Arabic bani "sons." Though now the people is associated with Nigeria, the name was taken 1974 by the former nation of Dahomey.