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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Bundu in the Eighteenth Century
Author:Gomez, Michael A.
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Geographic term:Senegal
Bundu polity
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/219278
Abstract:Bundu, a precolonial Muslim polity located in what is now eastern Senegal, played a major role in the development of commerce in Senegambia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Although it was a regional economic power, Bundu is better recognized as the state founded in 1698 by the Torodbe cleric Malik Sy. The present article traces the development of Bundu in the 18th century, for it was during this period that Bundu emerged from an obscure grouping of villages into a sovereign government of some significance. It was at this time that the commercial nature of the state began to take shape. The period also saw the emergence of reform administrations in Futa Toro and Futa Jallon, developments which were to have a profound effect upon Bundu's own internal politics beyond 1790. Notes, ref.