|"The King of
Dahomey's Levee," engraving published in Archibald Dalzel, _The History
of Dahomey: An Inland Kingdom of Africa_ (London, 1793), facing p. viii. The king is shown seated on his throne,
speaking justice to subjects who cower.
The commentary notes that he is surrounded by "Amazons,"
i.e., women soldiers, and other members of his court. On the right British visitors, probably
slave traders, are being entertained.
King Tegesibu of Dahomey earned 250,000 pounds sterling a year from
the sale of slaves to European merchants, an income significantly greater
than that of any English duke.