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.
List of damel
The following are the damel of Cayor, in order
- 1697–1719, Lat Sukabe
- 1719–1748, Isa-Tende
- 1748–1749, Isa Bige (1st term)
- 1749–1757, Ma-Bathio Samb
- 1757–1758, Birima Kodu
- 1758–1759, Isa Bige (2nd term)
- 1759–1760, Birima Yamb
- 1760–1763, Isa Bige Nagone
- 1763–1766, Jor Yasin Isa
- 1766–1777, Kodu Kumba
- 1777–1790, Birima Fatim-Penda
- 1790–1809, Amari Ngone Ndèla Kumba Fal
- 1809–1832, Biram Fatma Cub Fal
- 1832–1855, Maysa Tènde Jor Samba Fal
- 1855–1860, Birima Ngone Latir Fal (d. 1860)
- 1860–1861, Ma-Kodu Kumba Yande Fal
- 1861 May – 1861 Dec 8, Ma-Jojo Jegeñ Kodu Fal (1st term)
- 1862 – 1864 Jan, Lat Jor Ngone Latir Jop (1st term) (b. c.1842, d. 1886)
- 1864 Jan – 1868, Ma-Jojo Jegeñ Kodu Fal (2nd term)
- 1871 Feb 12 – 1882, Lat Jor Ngone Latir Jop (2nd term) (s.a.)
- 1883 Jan – 1883 Aug 28, Amari Ngone Fal
- 1883 Aug 28 – 1886 Oct 6, Samba Laobe Fal (d. 1886)
- Hale, Johnson & Belcher, 1997, p. 211.
- Harney, 2004, p. 282.
- Crowder, 1968, p. 79.
- World Statesmen.org list of the rulers of the precolonial kingdoms of Senegal
- 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
- Lat Dior, Le Kayor, l'impossible defi (in French)
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