Photographer's Note

The day after a fabulous wedding in Assinie-Mafia, Cte d'Ivoire, a few hours before boarding the plane to head back to Europe.

Assinie (formerly Issiny) was the first trading post on the Eburnean coast although no vestige of that time remains today. In 1637 five Capuchin missionaries, who came from Saint-Malo, settled there. Climate and sickness caused them to leave quickly and one died there.

Assinie was the third largest port in Ivory Coast in 1907 but it quickly lost all commercial and strategic importance in favour of Grand-Bassam, then Bingerville, and finally Port-Bout/Abidjan. In 1942 a tidal wave carried away the "French Quarter" of Assinie-Mafia.


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