Hey Beaker, welcome to Ganvie, Benin a bustling town of over 30,000 residents who live in bamboo huts built on stilts.
In the 17th century, with the Portuguese slave trade booming in Africa, a tribe called the Tofinu fled toward Lake Nokoue, pursued by slavers of the Fon tribe, from the powerful West African kingdom of Dahomey. Religious beliefs prevented the Fon from fighting on the sacred lake, so the lagoon became a haven for the Tofinu—as long as they never returned to dry land. So they created a new home for themselves, miles from the shore.
Today, five hundred years later, the Tofinu settlement in the middle of the lake has grown into what some call "The Venice of Africa". #africa