Senegal is a land of vast open plains dotted with baobab trees that extend to the horizon. Its history has been turbulent; contact with the West destroyed the coastal kingdoms of West Africa as English, French and Dutch adventurers vied for control of the slave trade in the 16th century. Control of Senegal passed to the French, who made Dakar the center of their West African colonial empire. Dakar, capital of Senegal, is the major trading center of West Africa and has a population of approximately three million.
Ile de Goree
This small island off Dakar was once a major slave center until the suppression of the slave trade in the early 19th century. It also was the site of one of France's first settlements in Africa.
Built in 1906, this dignitaries' palace is a prime example of French colonial architecture.
This village on the outskirts of Dakar is renowned for its Senegalese handicrafts.
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