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An English expedition eager to secure the precious spices are brought before the Oba, or King

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The Story of Africa: Grains of Paradise. Guided by a Portuguese ex-officer named Pinteado, an English expedition set sail for West Africa in 1553. Landing in Benin, eager to secure the precious spices and peppers, they were brought before the Oba, or King, plus (inset) one of the first Christian Kings of the Congo receiving his blessing to become the first Negro bishop in 1520. Original artwork from Look and Learn no. 332 (25 May 1968).

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