Ganvie , Benin , With Some 3 , 000 Stilted Buildings And A Population Of 20 , 00 ...
Stockphoto ID: 2811300
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Description: Ganvie , Benin , with some 3 , 000 stilted buildings and a population of 20 , 000 30 , 000 people , may be the largest " lake village " in Africa . In Ganvie , the population lives exclusively from fishing , building houses on stilts in and next to Lake Nokoue . Because the Dan Homey religion prohibited attacks on communities living in the water , the village of Ganvie dates back to the 16th or 17th century , when it was built to protect people from slavery .