Bougouni

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for the town in Ségou Region see Bougouni, Ségou
Bougouni
Commune and city
Bougouni is located in Mali
Bougouni
Bougouni
Location within Mali
Coordinates: 11°25′0″N 7°29′0″W / 11.41667°N 7.48333°W / 11.41667; -7.48333Coordinates: 11°25′0″N 7°29′0″W / 11.41667°N 7.48333°W / 11.41667; -7.48333
Country  Mali
Region Sikasso
Cercle Bougouni Cercle
Elevation 344 m (1,129 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 59,679
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Bougouni is a commune and city in Mali, the administrative center of Bougouni Cercle, which is in turn found in the administrative region of Sikasso. Bougouni is located 170 km south of Bamako and 210 km west of the city of Sikasso. It covers an area of 7 square kilometres and as at the 2009 Census the commune had a population of 59,679,[1] mostly Fulas (Fula: Fulɓe; French: Peuls) and Bambaras (Bambara: Bamananw).

History[edit]

Bougouni was the fourteenth commune created by the French colonial authorities of French Sudan. On July 10, 1894, Bougouni became the administrative center of the commune under its first administrator, Lieutenant Gouraud. Bougouni held an important set of colonial archives which were lost in a fire during the March 1991 uprising against President Moussa Traoré.

Geography[edit]

Bougouni, like many cities of Mali, enjoys sufficient rainfall for regular farming. Cotton is produced in the region around the town, making it a center for processing and transport. The Bougouni-Foulaboula Protected Forest (Forêt Classée de Bougouni-Foulaboula) begins just to the southwest of the town.

Bougouni has been a sister city of Aurillac, France, since 1985.

The Cercle of Bougouni includes the communes of Bladié-Tiemela, Bougouni, Chantoula, Danou, Debelin, Defina, Dogo, Domba, Faradielé, Faragouaran, Garolo, Keleya, Kokelé, Kola, Koumantou, Kouroulamini, Meridiela, Ouroun, Sanso, Sibirila, Sido, Tiémala-Banimonotié, Wola, Yinindougou, Yiridougou and Zantiebougou, for a total population of 251,987.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Previsions de desserte des communes pour la periode de 2001-2005". Mali Reforme Telecom. Retrieved February 12, 2009.