Lome

Lome is the capital of Togo. Located on the Gulf of Guinea, Lome is the country's administrative and industrial center and its chief port. The city exports coffee, cocoa, copra, and palm kernels. It also has an oil refinery.

The city was founded in the eighteenth century by the Ewe people. In 1882, the village, known then as Bey Beach, became a major trading center with the arrival of Chico and Octaviano Olympio as agents for the British trading firm A. and F. Swanzy.

Bey Beach became the capital of Togo when the German rulers transferred capital status from Aneho in 1897. The city then grew quickly until it was taken by the French Army in 1914 during World War I.

Lome lies in the extreme southwestern part of Togo, up against the Ghanaian border. Attractions in the city include Lome Grand Market, the Togo National Museum in the Palais de Congrés, a fetish (voodoo) market, Lome Cathedral, beaches, and the former wharf.

 

JOURNEYS trips that include Lome:

West Africa: Ghana, Togo, Benin from March 25-April 8, 2008 with Will and Joan Weber

 

Information based on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lome

 

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