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The Dutch fort of Arguin in 1721.
Plan of Arguim (1721).

Arguin (Portuguese: Arguim) is an island off the western coast of Mauritania in the Bay of Arguin. It is approximately 6x2 km in size, with extensive and dangerous reefs around it.[1] The island now part of the Banc d'Arguin National Park.[2]

History[edit]

The island changed hands frequently during the colonial era. The first European to visit the island was the Portuguese explorer Nuno Tristão, in 1443.[3] In 1445, Prince Henry the Navigator set up a trading post on the island, which acquired gum arabic and slaves for Portugal. By 1455, 800 slaves were shipped from Arguin to Portugal every year.[4]

In 1633, during its war against Spain (which then controlled Portugal), the Netherlands seized control of Arguin. It remained under Dutch rule until 1678, with a brief interruption by English rule in 1665. France took over the island in September 1678, but it was then abandoned until 1685.[5] Arguin's aridity and its lack of a good anchorage made long-term European settlement difficult.[1]

Arguin was a colony of Brandenburg-Prussia from 1685 to 1721. France then took control of the island, only to lose it again the following year to the Netherlands, regaining it in 1724. This period of French rule lasted four years; in 1728, it reverted to the control of indigenous peoples.[5] The island was included in the territory of the French colony of Mauritania, and it remained under Mauritanian rule when that country became independent in 1960.[2]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Arguin. 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, V. 2, p. 482
  2. ^ a b Le Parc National du Banc d'Arguin
  3. ^ Huish, John. Travels of Richard and John Lander into the interior of Africa. [1]
  4. ^ Slave Routes - Europe Portugal
  5. ^ a b [2]

Coordinates: 20°36′N 16°27′W / 20.600°N 16.450°W / 20.600; -16.450


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Berlindailysun
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0700

BERLIN- Juniors Jenna Arguin and Jensyn Dandeneau scored first half goals and goal tender Julie Downs had eight saves helping the Lady Mountaineers to a hard fought 2-1 victory over division II foe Kennett high school in field hockey action in Berlin ...

Sud Ouest

Sud Ouest
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 21:11:27 -0700

'enquête publique sur le projet de modification du décret, concernant la navigation et l'occupation autour du banc d'Arguin, a pris fin vendredi. Et l'on peut dire qu'elle a cristallisé les débats et généré des positions bien tranchées. La dernière en ...
 
Berlindailysun
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:07:30 -0700

That will relieve the overall offense for the Mountaineers and open doors for others. Jensyn Dandeneau (6-4-10), Chelsey Caron (0-7-7), Jenna Arguin (2-1-3), and Holly Sullivan (3-0-3), have all gotten off to good starts and they will be tested today ...

France Bleu

France Bleu
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 07:37:30 -0700

Le commissaire enquêteur a refermé ses registres ce vendredi. Il livrera ses conclusions d'ici quelques semaines. Au coeur du dossier : la modification du décret qui réglemente les activités sur le Banc d'Arguin. Le texte prévoit d'entériner la ...
 
Berlindailysun
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:07:30 -0700

Jenna Arguin fed it to Dandeneau, who in turn, returned it back to Arguin for a 3-0 lead. There was less than a minute to play in the first half and Dandeneau netted the next two counters with :59 on the clock and :29 left on the clock for last goal of ...
 
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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:18:45 -0700

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Wed, 03 Sep 2014 05:33:45 -0700

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Regina Leader-Post
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:37:30 -0700

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