Diébougou

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Diébougou
Diébougou is located in Burkina Faso
Diébougou
Diébougou
Location within Burkina Faso, French West Africa
Coordinates: 10°58′N 3°15′W / 10.967°N 3.250°W / 10.967; -3.250
Country Burkina Faso
RegionSud-Ouest Region
ProvinceBougouriba Province
Elevation
291 m (955 ft)
Population
 (2012)
 • Total21,401
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)

Diébougou is a town in Burkina Faso, situated 136 kilometres (85 mi) south-east of Bobo-Dioulasso on the main highway to Ghana. It is located 74 kilometres north of Gaoua and 133 km west of Leo, Burkina Faso and is the capital of Bougouriba Province.

The town was captured by the French Colonial forces in May 1897; they established a military base there.[1]

The town is an important market town[2] and has a range of crafts, including pottery and basket work. There are caves near the town know to locals as les grottes. They were built under the French colonial command around 1900 using forced labour and form a network of tunnels to the west of the town.[3]

There is also a swamp with crocodiles.

Coordinates: 10°58′N 3°15′W / 10.967°N 3.250°W / 10.967; -3.250

References

  1. ^ Historical Dictionary of Burkina Faso, by Lawrence Rupley, Lamissa Bangali, Boureima Diamitani, 2013, Third edition, Scarecrow Press, Inc. ISBN 978-0-8108-6770-3
  2. ^ Historical Dictionary of Burkina Faso, by Lawrence Rupley, Lamissa Bangali, Boureima Diamitani, 2013, Third edition, Scarecrow Press, Inc. ISBN 978-0-8108-6770-3
  3. ^ Manson, K., Knight, J. (2006), Burkina Faso, p.226, Bradt Travel Guides, The Globe Pequot Press Inc., Retrieved on June 17, 2008