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The most well-known damel is probably Lat Dior Diop (1842–1886) who died in battle during the final French drive to capture his territory, which was one of the strongest areas of resistance. Lat Dior is a Senegalese national hero.
- Hale, Johnson & Belcher, 1997, p. 211.
- Harney, 2004, p. 282.
- Crowder, 1968, p. 79.
- Crowder, Michael (1968). West Africa Under Colonial Rule. Northwestern University Press.
- Hale, Thomas A., Johnson, John William and Belcher, Stephen Paterson (1997). Oral Epics From Africa: Vibrant Voices From A Vast Continent. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-21110-7
- Harney, Elizabeth, (2004). In Senghor's Shadow: Art, Politics, and the Avant-garde in Senegal, 1960-1995. Duke University Press. ISBN 0-8223-3395-3
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