Berber, Sudan

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Berber

Arabic: بربر
Berber is located in Sudan
Berber
Berber
Location in Sudan
Coordinates: 18°01′50″N 33°59′36″E / 18.03056°N 33.99333°E / 18.03056; 33.99333Coordinates: 18°01′50″N 33°59′36″E / 18.03056°N 33.99333°E / 18.03056; 33.99333
CountryFlag of Sudan.svg Sudan
Population
 (1989)
 • Total16,650

Berber (Arabic: بربر‎, romanizedbarbar) is a town in the River Nile state of northern Sudan, 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Atbara, near the junction of the Atbara River and the Nile.

Overview[edit]

The town was the starting-point of the old caravan route across the Nubian Desert to the Red Sea at Suakin and flagged in importance after the 1906 completion of a spur of the Sudan Military Railway to Suakin from a junction closer to the Atbara River.[1]

The first line of defense against the Ottoman Empire occurred in this city. Some attempts also occurred in Dar Mahas and Dongola.[citation needed]

The tribes inhabiting this city are mainly Ja'Alin with fewer numbers of Ababda.[citation needed]

English explorer Samuel Baker passed through Berber on his discovery of Albert Nyanza Lake, in 1861.[citation needed]

Berber is one of the first Sudanese towns that knew modern schooling. Many of the elder generation leaders were educated in Berber intermediate school.[citation needed]

Amîr Tâdj as sirr cited this city in his book, أرض السودان (ard as Sudân).[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Berber" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 764.