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Senegal : Discover the country's culture


Poems by Leopold Sedar Senghor
'Culture and Customs of Senegal' (Culture and Customs of the World) by E Ross (2008)
'Narrative of a Voyage to Senegal in 1816' by JB Henry Savigny and A Corréard (2007)
'In Senghor's Shadow: Art, Politics, and the Avant-Garde in Senegal, 1960-1995' by E Harney (2005)


The Gambia and Senegal, Lonely Planet Multi Country Guide (2009)
Gambia and Senegal Insight Guide, Insight Guides (2009)
Senegal, Gambia by T Baur (2009)


Senegal - the Rough Guide to the Music of Senegal and the Gambia by Various Artists
Senegal - Charles Duvelle Collection by Various Artists

Senegal : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

1000: The first conversions to Islam took place in the kingdom of Tekrour during the 11th century
1300: The Empire of Mali annexes Tekrour
1456: The Venetian Ca'da Mosto, who worked for the Portuguese, reaches the Peninsula of Cape Verde
16th century: The Dutch capture the island of Goree
17th century: Saint Louis founded by the French
1895: Senegal joins the French Western African Union and most of the inhabitants acquire French nationality
1958: The autonomous Republic is founded
1960: Senegal receives its independence with Leopold Sedar Senghor as president. Three years later, he would be at the head of a single-party presidential regime
1970: Abdou Diouf becomes Prime Minister
1981: Senghor gives up his place to Diouf. A multi-party system is implemented
1982: Senegambia is founded
1990: Incidents on the border take place between Senegal and Mauritania
October 1992: The separatist movement in Casamance intensifies
March 1993: Abdou Diouf is elected head of state for the third time
April 1996: The government and the Democratic Force Movement of Casamance engage in negotiations
November 1996: The socialist party win the local elections
Autumn 1997: Clashes take place between the army and the rebels in Casamance
May 1998: The socialist party win the election and Mamadou Lamine becomes Prime Minister in July
April 1999: New clashes occur in the area around Ziguinchor
March 2000: Abdoulaye Wade is elected President of the Republic
February 25th 2007: Abdoulaye Wade is re-elected President of the Republic during the first round of the election

Senegal : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events


January 1st: New Year's Day
March 9th: Magal of Touba
March 31st : Birth of the Prophet Mohammed
April 4th: National Holiday for Independence Day
May 1st: Labour Day
May 28th: Pentecost Monday
June: Popenguine pilgrimage and Tivaounane pilgrimage
August 15th: Assumption Day
November 1st: All Saints
December: Tabaski, celebrations and Festival of Sacrifice
December 25th: Christmas

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