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Burkina Faso Cities by Population


48 cities shown of 48 total Burkina Faso cities that are over 1,000 in population...

1. Ouagadougou 1,086,505
2. Bobo-Dioulasso 360,106
3. Koudougou 87,347
4. Ouahigouya 61,096
5. Banfora 60,288
6. Dedougou 45,341
7. Kaya 39,229
8. Dori 37,806
9. Tenkodogo 37,658
10. Reo 37,535
11. Hounde 36,593
12. Fada N'Gourma 33,910
13. Koupela 32,052
14. Kombissiri 30,137
15. Garango 29,076
16. Nouna 29,048
17. Leo 26,884
18. Kongoussi 26,338
19. Diapaga 26,013
20. Kokologo 25,958
21. Gaoua 25,104
22. Zorgho 23,892
23. Yako 22,904
24. Djibo 22,223
25. Titao 19,131
26. Orodara 18,632
27. Po 17,924
28. Tougan 17,590
29. Boulsa 17,489
30. Gourcy 16,765
31. Bousse 15,868
32. Manga 15,173
33. Boromo 13,157
34. Diebougou 12,732
35. Ziniare 12,703
36. Toma 12,401
37. Dano 11,153
38. Solenzo 10,385
39. Ouargaye 10,103
40. Bogande 9,854
41. Pama 8,902
42. Pitmoaga 7,991
43. Gorom-Gorom 6,691
44. Gouloure 6,677
45. Batie 6,483
46. Sindou 3,917
47. Sapouy 3,837
48. Gayeri 1,958





Burkina Faso History

Burkina Faso was populated early, between 12000 and 5000 BCE, by hunter-gatherers in the northwestern part of the country, whose tools, such as scrapers, chisels and arrowheads, were discovered in 1973. Settlements appeared between 3600 and 2600 BCE with farmers. Based on traces of the farmers' structures, the settlements appear to have been permanent. The use of iron, ceramics and polished stone developed between 1500 and 1000 BCE, as well as a preoccupation with spiritual matters, as shown by burial remains.

Relics of the Dogon are found in Burkina Faso's north and northwest regions. The Dogon left the area between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries to settle in the cliffs of Bandiagara. Elsewhere, the remains of high walls are localized in the southwest of Burkina Faso, but the people who built them have not been identified.

During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Burkina Faso was an important economic region for the Songhai Empire.

After a decade of intense rivalry and competition between the British and the French, waged through treaty-making expeditions under military or civilian explorers, the Mossi kingdom of Ouagadougou was defeated by French colonial forces and became a French protectorate in 1896. The eastern region and the western region, where a standoff against the forces of the powerful ruler Samori Ture complicated the situation, came under French occupation in 1897. By 1898, the majority of the territory corresponding to Burkina Faso today was nominally conquered; however, control of many parts remained uncertain. The French and British convention of 14 June 1898 ended the scramble between the two colonial powers and drew the borders between the countries' colonies. On the French side, a war of conquest against local communities and political powers continued for about five years. In 1904, the largely pacified territories of the Volta basin were integrated into the Upper Senegal and Niger colony of French West Africa as part of the reorganization of the French West African colonial empire. The colony had its capital in Bamako.







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