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Doumanaba

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Doumanaba
Commune and town
Location in Mali

Coordinates: 11°40′9″N 5°55′50″W / 11.66917°N 5.93056°W / 11.66917; -5.93056Coordinates: 11°40′9″N 5°55′50″W / 11.66917°N 5.93056°W / 11.66917; -5.93056{{#coordinates:11|40|9|N|5|55|50|W|region:ML_type:city |primary |name=

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Country 23x15px Mali
Region Sikasso Region
Cercle Sikasso Cercle
Area[1]
 • Total 288 km2 (111 sq mi)
Population (2009 census)[2]
 • Total 15,105
 • Density 52/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Doumanaba is a small town and rural commune in the Cercle of Sikasso in the Sikasso Region of southern Mali. The commune covers an area of 288 square kilometers and includes the town and seven villages.[3] In the 2009 census it had a population of 15,105.[2] The town of Doumanaba, the chef-lieu of the commune, is 49 km northwest of Sikasso.

The French explorer René Caillié stopped at Doumanaba in February 1828 on his journey to Timbuktu. He was travelling with a caravan transporting kola nuts to Djenné. In his book Travels through Central Africa to Timbuctoo published in 1830, he refers to what was then a village as Toumané.[4] Caillié was impressed with the range of goods on sale in the market and wrote:

I went to see the market, which I found better than those of the villages through which I had previously passed. It was held under a sort of penthouse, which kept off the rain in bad weather. It was very well supplied with all the productions of the country. I even saw butcher's meant and European commodities, such as cloth, muskets, powder and glass trinkets.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Common and Fundamental Operational Datasets Registry: Mali", United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs http://cod.humanitarianresponse.info/country-region/mali  Missing or empty |title= (help). commune_mali.zip (Originally from the Direction Nationale des Collectivités Territoriales, République du Mali)
  2. ^ a b Resultats Provisoires RGPH 2009 (Région de Sikasso) (PDF) (in French), République de Mali: Institut National de la Statistique .
  3. ^ Communes de la Région de Sikasso (PDF) (in French), Ministère de l’administration territoriale et des collectivités locales, République du Mali .
  4. ^ Viguier 2008, p. 48.
  5. ^ Caillié 1830, p. 410.

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