Saturday, November 27, 2010

Canoe Races on the Senegal

I thought of Senegal as a country, which it is. But it is also a river. The Senegal River, or Sénégal Fleuve, considered a sweet water river, is a 1,790 km (1,110 mi) long river in West Africa, that forms the border between Senegal and Mauritania.

Two stamps with the same design were issued in 1970 by Guinea. The design shows a map of Africa with four countries shaded in color: Mali-green, Mauritania-blue, Senegal-yellow and Guinea-red.
The stamps commemorate the meeting of representatives of the countries bordering on the Senegal river, the OERS, "Organisation Etats Riverains du Senegal".

This is a more detailed map, that shows the Senegal River.

  I am describing this, so you can situate the stamp that shows a canoe race on the Senegal.

It is quite a facinating event.  There are plenty of stamps on the subject. I also found some old postcards with the canoes or "pirogues".  I am showing some here. Click on the pictures and you will see them bigger.

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