Regional History: Senegal

              The Country located in West Africa is officially called the Republic of Senegal, but Senegal for short.  It is believed to have inherited its name, because of the Senegal River that it borders to the east and north.  This country is on the west side of Africa, and it meets the Atlantic ocean.  The tropical climate has two seasons, dry and rainy.

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The capital of Senegal is Dakar, which is located at most western tip of the country on the Cap-Wert peninsula.  The Cape Verde Islands are about 300 miles off the coast of Senegal.

Archeologists have found clues in the area of Senegal that it has always been occupied by various ethnic groups, and was inhabited in the prehistoric age.  In the 15th century, different European countries struggled for trade in the area, until France came into possession of what had become a minor slave trade departure point.  France invaded and ruled over all the kingdoms.

 

The European missionaries taught Christianity and the teachings of the Bible in the 19th century. In the 1850’s, the French broadened the land onto Senegalese mainlaind , and was rid of slavery and promoting abolitionist doctrine at this point.

 

In Africa, Senegal is most known for its musical legacy.  The Sabar drumming is especially famous amongst African people, which is usually used in 2009celebrations like weddings.

 

Senegal is also known for a very old art form called, “Underglass” Painting,  which is popular in towns  and even in rural areas.

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