​-        An all female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey, which is present day Benin.

-        Europeans gave them the name “Amazon Warriors” because of their similarity to the ancient Amazon warriors of the Black Sea.

-        Were all formally married to the King but remained celibate throughout their lifetimes.

-        Went through extreme and gruesome training in which they were forced to scale thorn hedges, survive in the woods, and execute prisoners.

-        Used weapons but were known for their excellent hand-to-hand combat skills.

-        Fought frequently and were always prepared to die for their King and country.

-        Even after defeat and capture by the French in battle, the Dahomey warriors plotted revenge by sleeping with French soldiers and then killing them with their own bayonets while they rested.