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Peoples of southeastern Ghana, southern Benin, and southern Togo. They speak dialects of Gbe, a Kwa language of the Niger-Congo family. The Ewe never formed a single centralized state, remaining a collection of independent communities that made temporary alliances in time of war. Most Ewe are farmers; some coastal Ewe fish. Spinning, weaving, pottery making, and blacksmithing are important crafts. They number more than 3.5 million.
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