The lagoon of Lake Nokoue is home to the town of Ganvie, Benin. Ganvie developed as the lagoon provided a protected area from the brutal slave trade of the 16th and 17th centuries. Slave-trading tribes did not enter the lagoon, so local communites established a town—complete with homes, businesses, fish farms, and boat-based transportation system.

Photograph by John Scofield

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A lagoon is a shallow body of water that may have an opening to a larger body of water, but is also protected from it by a sandbar or coral reef