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The French explorer René Caillié arrived in Tiémé on 3 August 1827 on the long journey that would take him to Timbuktu. Ill with malaria, scurvy and with a tropical ulcer on his foot he was forced to remain for five months in the village. He gave a detailed account of his stay in his book Travels through Central Africa to Timbuctoo which was published in 1830. He spelled the name of the village as Timé. He set out for Djenné on 9 January 1828 and joined a large caravan carrying kola nuts.
- Caillié, René (1830). Travels through Central Africa to Timbuctoo; and across the Great Desert, to Morocco, performed in the years 1824-1828 (Volume 1). London: Colburn & Bentley.
- Quella-Villéger, Alain (2012). René Caillié, l'Africain : une vie d'explorateur, 1799-1838 (in French). Anglet, France: Aubéron. ISBN 978-2-84498-137-0.
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