Members of an English expedition in search of spices meeting the Oba of Benin, West Africa, 1553

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Members of an English expedition in search of spices are brought before the Oba, or king, of Benin, West Africa, 1553. 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. Inset: one of the first Christian kings of the Congo receiving his blessing to become the first native bishop in 1520. Original artwork from Look and Learn no. 332 (25 May 1968).

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