Walls of Benin - 4 times longer tha...

Walls of Benin - 4 times longer than the Great Wall of China

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Jahx
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#1 Sep 20, 2012
The Walls of Benin were a combination of ramparts and moats, called Iya in the local language, used as a defense of the historical Benin City, formerly of the now defunct Kingdom of Benin and now the capital of the present-day Edo State of Nigeria. It was considered the largest man-made structure lengthwise and was hailed as the largest earthwork in the world. With more recent work by Patrick Darling, it has been established as the largest man-made structure in the world, larger than Sungbo's Eredo. It enclosed 6,500 kmĀ² of community lands. Its length was over 16,000 km of earth boundaries. It was estimated that earliest construction began in 800 AD and continued into the mid 1400's.

The walls are built of a ditch and dike structure; the ditch dug to form an inner moat with the excavated earth used to form the exterior rampart.
The Benin Walls were ravaged by the British in 1897 during what has come to be called the Punitive expedition. Scattered pieces of the structure remain in Edo, with the vast majority of them being used by the locals for building purposes. Sadly, what remains of the wall itself continues to be torn down for real estate developments.

The Walls of Benin City was the world's largest man-made structure. Fred Pearce wrote in New Scientist:
"They extend for some 16,000 kilometres in all, in a mosaic of more than 500 interconnected settlement boundaries. They cover 6,500 square kilometres and were all dug by the Edo people. In all, they are four times longer than the Great Wall of China, and consumed a hundred times more material than the Great Pyramid of Cheops. They took an estimated 150 million hours of digging to construct, and are perhaps the largest single archaeological phenomenon on the planet.

Pearce, Fred. African Queen. New Scientist, 11 September 1999, Issue 2203.

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#4 Dec 1, 2012
Very interesting thread topic.

Jahx
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#5 Dec 1, 2012
Agreed.
bakarinefruit

Hockley, TX

#6 Dec 1, 2012
Actually Arabs built that wall.
Animal Galindez

Harrisburg, PA

#7 Dec 1, 2012
bakarinefruit wrote:
Actually Arabs built that wall.
Just researched it and found the opposite to be true.

aZiya

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#8 Dec 1, 2012
Good thread
Whites are nonhuman

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#9 Dec 2, 2012
bakarinefruit wrote:
Actually Arabs built that wall.
Here we go again.White false supremacy garbage.Anybody but black,"Arabs built it","whites built pyramids".It just can't be us.Even if it's in Africa where black people live.Crakkas need to be wiped off the earth.There'll never be truth or peace until it happens.

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#10 Dec 2, 2012
I_HATE_N----RS wrote:
<quoted text>You're a n()gger.
WHITE POEPLE NEVER CHANGE THEY ARE DEVILS
Barros Serrano

United States

#11 Dec 2, 2012
I_HATE_N----RS wrote:
<quoted text>You're a n()gger.
I like to maim racists, boy. Let's do lunch.
Barros Serrano

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#12 Dec 2, 2012
bakarinefruit wrote:
Actually Arabs built that wall.
Arabs never ruled Benin.
Barros Serrano

United States

#13 Dec 2, 2012
obamahamza08 wrote:
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WHITE POEPLE NEVER CHANGE THEY ARE DEVILS
I like to maim racists, boy. Let's do lunch.
Barros Serrano

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#14 Dec 2, 2012
aZiya wrote:
Good thread
If you operate on the spiritual, why are you showing coochie pictures in Topix?
Whites are nonhuman

Fort Worth, TX

#15 Dec 2, 2012
obamahamza08 wrote:
<quoted text>
WHITE POEPLE NEVER CHANGE THEY ARE DEVILS
They're born evil.They can't help it.

aZiya

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#16 Dec 2, 2012
Barros Serrano wrote:
<quoted text>If you operate on the spiritual, why are you showing coochie pictures in Topix?
nasty old man. If YOU operated on the spiritual you wouldn't be thinking about that. Pervert.

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#18 Jan 21, 2013
obamahamza08 wrote:
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WHITE POEPLE NEVER CHANGE THEY ARE DEVILS
How about those voting for Obama, abolitionists, and those who supported MLK?
muminfreedomfigh ta

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#19 Jan 21, 2013
Brainiac2 wrote:
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How about those voting for Obama, abolitionists, and those who supported MLK?
i agree with you but the frustration of constantly taking the high road and being asked to turn the other cheek so you can get smacked again gets tiresome so i understand where it comes from.

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#20 Jan 30, 2013
muminfreedomfighta wrote:
<quoted text>i agree with you but the frustration of constantly taking the high road and being asked to turn the other cheek so you can get smacked again gets tiresome so i understand where it comes from.
It is understood. Nevertheless, demonizing allies or potential allies is counterproductive.
Newpid Stiggers

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#21 Jan 30, 2013
if this wall is so BIG why can't we see it from space, like we can see the wall of China? is it because it is only a collection of earth ditches?
Afrokid

Flint, MI

#23 Aug 25, 2015
bakarinefruit wrote:
Actually Arabs built that wall.
No arab built anything in benin. The Dahomey peoples built it
Oxfam Billy

Hatfield, UK

#24 Aug 25, 2015
it can't be that long unless it goes round in circles . It is about 3 ft high and made of hippo turds and heffalumps droppings. and if they are all so clever why can't they even feed themselves?

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