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Portendick is located in Mauritania
Location in Mauritania
Coordinates: 18°35′N 16°7′W / 18.583°N 16.117°W / 18.583; -16.117Coordinates: 18°35′N 16°7′W / 18.583°N 16.117°W / 18.583; -16.117
Country Flag of Mauritania.svg Mauritania
Region Trarza

Portendick is an abandoned coastal city in western Mauritania.[1] It was located in the Ouad Naga Department of Trarza Region. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Portendick had a significant port for the gum arabic trade; however, by the 19th century trade from the port became unsustainable due to the area's arid, desert climate and lack of drinking water.[2] As of 1916, all that remained of the city was a small group of huts.[3]


  1. ^ Portendick at GEOnet Names Server
  2. ^ Webb, James L. A. (1995). Desert Frontier: Ecological and Economic Change Along the Western Sahel, 1600-1850. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 227. 
  3. ^ East Atlantic Pilot. United States Hydrographic Office. 1916.