Matam Region

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Matam Region

Région de Matam
Location of Matam in Senegal
Location of Matam in Senegal
Matam région, divided into 3 départements
Matam région, divided into 3 départements
Coordinates: 15°06′N 13°38′W / 15.100°N 13.633°W / 15.100; -13.633Coordinates: 15°06′N 13°38′W / 15.100°N 13.633°W / 15.100; -13.633
CountrySenegal
CapitalMatam
Départements
Area
 • Total29,445 km2 (11,369 sq mi)
Population
(2013 census)
 • Total541,032
 • Density18/km2 (48/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)

Matam is a region of Senegal (regional capitals have the same name as their respective regions).

It is a stark, flat, arid place bounded on the north by the Sénégal River and the south by the Sahelian plain studded with baobab trees. Matam is populated by the tall Pulaar-speaking Toucouleur people who brought Islam to Senegal in the 11th century and gave us the music of Baaba Maal in the 21st century.

Departments[edit]

Matam region is divided into 3 departments:

Geography[edit]

Matam is traversed by the northwesterly line of equal latitude and longitude.

Cities and Villages[edit]

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