Fatick Department

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Fatick
Department
Location in the Fatick Region
Location in the Fatick Region
Country  Senegal
Region Fatick Region
Capital Fatick
Area
 • Total 2,646 km2 (1,022 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)
 • Total 339,238
 • Density 130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Fatick Department is one of the 45 departments of Senegal, one of the three departments making up the Fatick Region, and lies on the road between Mbour and Kaolack. The Fatick region is home to many Sereer people; the Sereers are one of the major ethnic groups in Senegal and there are four Sereer dialects. Fatick town is the major urban center for the region.

There are two communes in the department: Diofior and Fatick.

The rural districts (Communautés rurales) comprise:

  • Arrondissement of Diakhao:
    • Diakhao
    • Diaoulé
    • Mbéllacadiao
    • Ndiob
    • Thiaré Ndialgui
  • Arrondissement de Fimela:
    • Djilasse
    • Fimela
    • Loul Sessène
    • Palmarin Facao
  • Arrondissement de Niakhar:
    • Niakhar
    • Ngayokhène
    • Patar Sine
  • Arrondissement de Tattaguine
    • Diarrère
    • Diouroup
    • Tattaguine

Historic sites[1][edit]

Fatick town
  • Mbind Ngo Mindiss, site of offerings, situated on an arm of the sea, the Sine
  • Diobaye, site of traditional ceremonies
  • Jab Ndeb, sacred tree, at Ndiaye-Ndiaye
  • Lutheran Mission building
  • Prefecture building
  • Tribunal building
Diakhao
  • Royal house
  • Tomb of Bour Sine Coumba Ndoffène Fa Maak
  • Tombs of the Guélwars
  • Tombs of the Linguères at Diakhao Thioupane
  • Kanger baobab tree of Diakhao, site of the offerings by the Kings of Sine
  • Mausoleum of Maba Diakhou Bâ at Mbel Fandane
Fimela
  • Tomb of Meïssa Waly Dione at Mbissel
  • Wells and Mosque of El Hadji Omar at Simal
  • Senghor Family House at Djilor Djidiack
Niakhar
  • Tumulus of Yenguélé
  • Raised posts at Niakhar related to initiation
  • Raised posts at Mboul related to initiation
  • Fasaw, fangool (ancestral spirit) of the land of Njaafaaj
Tattaguine
  • Remains of the Bour Sine Salmon Faye house in the village of Khodjil-Ndiongolor
  • Raised posts at Bikol
  • Gouye Géwel baobab tree at Toucar and Senghor
  • Harwak, fangool of the maternal family Coofan at Fayil

References[edit]

Coordinates: 14°21′29″N 16°35′09″W / 14.35806°N 16.58583°W / 14.35806; -16.58583