Jacqueville

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Jacqueville
Town, sub-prefecture, and commune
Jacqueville is located in Ivory Coast
Jacqueville
Jacqueville
Location in Ivory Coast
Coordinates: 5°12′N 4°25′W / 5.200°N 4.417°W / 5.200; -4.417Coordinates: 5°12′N 4°25′W / 5.200°N 4.417°W / 5.200; -4.417
Country  Ivory Coast
District Lagunes
Region Grands-Ponts
Department Jacqueville
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 32,228
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Jacqueville is a coastal town in southern Ivory Coast. It is a sub-prefecture of and the seat of Jacqueville Department in Grands-Ponts Region, Lagunes District. Jacqueville is also a commune. The town is 40 kilometres west of Abidjan.

Jacqueville is so named because it was the first place in Ivory Coast where the Union Jack was raised when the British originally occupied the country. It grew as a French colonial slave port, but is now primarily a fishing port and seaside resort.[2]

Jacqueville is virtually an island, separated from most of the country by the Ébrié Lagoon, its other shore being on the Gulf of Guinea. Until March 2015, when a 776-metre bridge was opened, the only way to reach the island involved taking a ferry across the lagoon.[3]

Jacqueville is noteworthy for the local pineapples ("ananas sauvage"), which are long narrow and have completely white and very sweet flesh. When nitrate fertilisers are used in their cultivation they become yellow and taste much more like a conventional pineapple.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Côte d'Ivoire". geohive.com. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Pierre Kipré (1992), Histoire de la Côte d'Ivoire, Éditions AMI 
  3. ^ "The journey to Jacqueville". Miquel Hudin. Retrieved 21 December 2014.