Countries

A Guide to the United States' History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Benin (Dahomey)

Summary

The United States recognized the Republic of Dahomey on August 1, 1960, in a congratulatory message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Prime Minister Maga.

Modern Flag of Benin

Modern Flag of Benin

Recognition

U.S. Recognition of Dahomey’s Independence, 1960.

The United States recognized the Republic of Dahomey on August 1, 1960, in a congratulatory message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Prime Minister Maga. On that date, Dahomey’s independence from French sovereignty was proclaimed. In 1975, the country was re-named the Republic of Benin.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1960.

Diplomatic relations were established on August 1, 1960, when Donald R. Norland took up his position as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim. He had presented his credentials on July 31, 1960, to take effect on the next day.

Establishment of American Embassy, 1961.

Embassy Cotonou was established on February 15, 1961, with Converse Hettinger as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.

Resources

  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: Benin
  • Department of State Country Information: Benin

Resources

  • Benin in World Wide Diplomatic Archives Index