Fatick Region

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Fatick Region
Région de Fatick
Location of Fatick in Senegal
Location of Fatick in Senegal
Fatick région, divided into 3 départements
Fatick région, divided into 3 départements
Coordinates: 14°22′N 16°08′W / 14.367°N 16.133°W / 14.367; -16.133Coordinates: 14°22′N 16°08′W / 14.367°N 16.133°W / 14.367; -16.133
Country Senegal
Capital Fatick
 • Total 6,849 km2 (2,644 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)
 • Total 684,652
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Fatick is the southwest region of the northern outcrop of Senegal. Its alternative name is Jinnak Bolon. The region is named for its capital city, Fatick.[1]


The area is rich with Serer ancient and medieval history.[2][3][4] Many of the ancient Serer sites are found within this region.[2][4] It is also one of the holy places in the Serer religion. The Xoy Ceremony (or Khoy), a divination festival by the Serer priestly class (the Saltigues) is held within this region once a year.[5] The population is overrun by the Serer people. Historically, it was part of the Serer pre-colonial Kingdom of Sine.[3][4] In 1859, the Battle of Logandème took place within this region. It was a battle of resistance by the Siin-Siin (Serer people of Sine) against French colonialism. It is called in some French scholarly works as the Battle of Fatick.


Fatick region is divided into 3 departments[1] :


  1. ^ a b (in French) Culture, demography, and Regional cultural center for Fatick region, Ministry of Culture, Senegal Archived 2007-11-17 at the Wayback Machine..
  2. ^ a b (in French) Becker, Charles, "Vestiges historiques, trémoins matériels du passé clans les pays sereer", Dakar (1993), CNRS - ORS TO M
  3. ^ a b (in French) Gueye, Pape Samba, "Analyses des blocages de l'introduction des langues nationales dans l'enseignement elementaire formel au Senegal: etude dans la commune de Fatick", Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis (2010)
  4. ^ a b c (in French) Sine-Saloum [in] Kassoumay "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2012-07-13.  (Retrieved : 13 July 2012)
  5. ^ (in French) "Révélation de saltigué : Touba va accueillir la dépouille d’une célébrité venue de Dakar" Xoy 2011 [in] La Sénégalaise, published 6/6/2011 (Retrieved : 13 July 2012)

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