|• Total||2,695 km2 (1,041 sq mi)|
Bantè is a town, arrondissement, and commune in western Benin. It is located in the former Zou Province of which since 1999 is part of the Collines Department. The commune covers an area of 2695 square kilometres and as of 2013 had a population of 106,945 people. The majority of the population is ethnically Nago specifically of the Isha subgroup, who themselves are a subgroup of the Yoruba. It is famous for the art exhibition Nago Hunters of the Bante Kingdom by Jean-Dominique Burton.
Banté is the hometown of Cudjo Lewis, the subject of Zora Neale Hurston’s posthumously published biography Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo.” Lewis, whose Banté name was Kossula Oluale, was a survivor of the last known slave ship to make the transatlantic journey and a founding resident of Africatown, Alabama.
Towns and villages
Settlements in the commune of Bantè include:
The nine Arrondissements in the commune of Bantè are:
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