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Cote d’Ivoire

Upper Volta, Gulf of Guinea, Abidjan, French colony, western Africa

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Cote d’Ivoire (French for “Ivory Coast”), republic in western Africa, bounded on the north by Mali and Burkina Faso (Upper Volta), on the east by Ghana, on the south by the Gulf of Guinea, and on the west by Liberia and Guinea. The country has an area of 322,462 sq km (124,503 sq mi). Yamoussoukro is the official capital, and Abidjan is the de facto capital and largest city. A former French colony, Cote d’Ivoire achieved independence in 1960.


For younger readers

Kummer, Patricia K. Cote d'Ivoire. Children's Press, 1996. For readers in grades 5 to 8.

Sheehan, Patricia. Cote d'Ivoire. Benchmark, 2000. For readers in grades 4 to 7.

Cote d'Ivoire

Mundt, Robert J. Historical Dictionary of Cote D'Ivoire. 2nd ed. Scarecrow, 1995.

Spindel, Carol, and Peter Dimock. In the Shadow of the Sacred Grove. Vintage, 1989. The rituals and daily life of a family in Cote d'Ivoire.

Steiner, Christopher B. African Art in Transit. Cambridge University Press, 1994. How African art traders in Cote d'Ivoire perpetuate a complex system that supports the economy and redefines images of Africa.


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Upper Volta, Gulf of Guinea, Abidjan, French colony, western Africa, area, largest city, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, Liberia, republic, independence, east

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