Saturday, October 2, 2010

Grand Bassam (19)

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Grand Bassam was the capital of Côte d'Ivoire from 1893 through 1896, when a bout of yellow fever forced the relocation of the capital to Bingerville. It remained a port until the 1930's when Abidjan took over that role. Until recently, Grand Bassam was inhabited by the homeless, but tourism saw its revival.




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This statue commemorates the yellow fever outbreak that killed a number of inhabitants in Grand Bassam in 1896, causing the French to move the capital to Bingerville, away from the mosquitoes.






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Weaver demonstrates how he makes his colorful wares. Grand Bassam, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.







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Grand Bassam's 100 year old buildings are used by various governmental agencies. Grand Bassam, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.






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The Ivorian coast is lined by barrier islands that produce lagoons. This one, Ouladine, separates Grand Bassam from the mainland. In the background is the Pont de la Victoire, where about 2000 women marched on the prison in the French Quarter of Grand Bassam, where 300 male activists were being held. The French forces, armed to the hilt, beat the women and sprayed them with acid. Ultimately, in August, 1960, Cote d'Ivoire won its freedom. Grand Bassam, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.




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Fisherman in his pirogue on the lagoon, Ouladine, that separates Grand Bassam from the mainland. Grand Bassam, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.








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Church built in the late 19th century, Grand Bassam, Cote d'Ivoire.






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Beach in Grand Bassam. Used to be a favorite place of tourists--before Houphouet Boigne died and the country went to hell. Hopefully, under Ouattara, there's a new-found stability, and such places thrive once more.
Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.




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Restaurant in Grand Bassam
Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.




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Gravesite of the first French explorer of this region and founder of the colony.
Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.



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Unknown large building.
Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.





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Bas relief representing the first arrival of French missionaries--in 1895--at Grand Bassam. Other Europeans had made contact, mainly for trading and slaving, but this was the beginning of the colonial period.
Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.




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Memorial to the French colonists who died of yellow fever when Grand Bassam was capital, 1893-1896.
Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010





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Potter. He didn't wear this shirt just for us.
Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.





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Potter's oven.
Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.






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Intriguing African tiles at the potter's studio.
Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.





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One of the best pictures I've ever taken. A poignant commentary on the human condition.
Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.





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Inside of the Hotel de France. More poignancy.
Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.





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Jacob's ladder in Grand Bassam.
Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.




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Multitasking in Grand Bassam.
Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.





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