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
 • Total6,849 km2 (2,644 sq mi)
 (2013 census)
 • Total684,652
 • Density100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
HDI (2017)0.482[1]
low · 4th

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.[2]


The area is rich with Serer ancient and medieval history.[3][4][5] Many of the ancient Serer sites are found within this region.[3][5] It is also one of the holy places in the Serer religion.[6] The Xoy Ceremony (or Khoy), a divination festival by the Serer priestly class (the Saltigues) is held within this region once a year.[7] The population is overrun by the Serer people. Historically, it was part of the Serer pre-colonial Kingdom of Sine.[4][5] 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[2] :


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b (in French) Becker, Charles, "Vestiges historiques, trémoins matériels du passé clans les pays sereer", Dakar (1993), CNRS - ORS TO M
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ a b c (in French) Sine-Saloum [in] Kassoumay "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) (Retrieved : 13 July 2012)
  6. ^ African Studies Quarterly, Volume 14, Issue 3 (March 2014), "Fed Up: Creating a New Type of Senegal through the Arts", Guest Editors: Enz, Molly Krueger and Bryson, Devin, Published by the Center for African Studies, University of Florida, p. 36 (note 5), ISSN 2152-2448 [1] (Retrieved 4 June 2018)
  7. ^ (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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