Sunday, 20 December 2015

Central African Republic Place Names Explained

Having blogged samples of my books on English place names and also examined the etymologies of the nations of the world and their respective capitals I thought it time to cast my net a little wider. This time the Central African Republic and a look at some of its largest settlements and most interesting names and starting with the capital.

Bangui is named for being on the bank of the Ubangi River, itself the local Bobangi word for 'rapids' and marking the northern limit of navigable water.

Carnot was named to honour the French president Sadi Carnot following his assassination in June 1894. Following a speech at Lyon, an Italian anarchist by the name of Sante Geronimo Caserio, stabbed and killed a man who had just hinted would not be standing for re-election. Caserio himself was executed six weeks later.

Note the spellings of the places are English as the piece is written in English.


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