Abidjan, Ivory Coast

De facto capital, chief seaport, and largest city of Ivory Coast. It is built on several converging peninsulas and islands, connected by bridges, in Ebrié Lagoon.

Abidjan is an attractive, largely modern city with parks and broad boulevards. Often referred to as "African Paris".

Its modern port was opened in 1950, when the Vridi Canal was cut through a sandbar, linking the sheltered and relatively deep lagoon with the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean.

Manufacturing, which has greatly expanded since the 1960s, includes vehicle and radio assembly and the production of textiles, metal products, clothing, foodstuffs, plastic, rubber, and petroleum products; tourism is of increasing importance.

Exports include coffee, cacao, timber, bananas, pineapples, and palm and fish products.

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Abidjan was a small village in 1904, when it became the terminus of a railroad to the interior; it had no port facilities, however, and growth was slow. In 1934 it succeeded Bingerville as the capital of the then French colony of Côte d'Ivoire, a position it retained after the colony gained independence in 1960. Although Yamoussoukro was named the administrative capital in 1983, Abidjan remains the center of the nation's cultural and commercial life.

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Population (1990 estimate, greater city) 2,700,000

The city is the hub of the national road system and the terminus of the Abidjan-Niger Railway, which extends north into Burkina Faso.

Major cities near Abidjan:

Dakar

Accra

 

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