Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hausa Horseman from the Republic of Niger

Republique Du Niger
Cavalier Houssa
Houssa horseman

postmarked in 1976 with a Republique Du Niger, Ostrich stamp

the sender writes:
Dear All,
Arrived in Agades on Thursday.  Large market with lots of locally made souvenirs.  As soon as you arrive, lare numbers of local children attach themselves to you as guides.

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The Hausa are one of the largest ethnic groups in West Africa. They are a chiefly located in the Sahelian areas of northern Nigeria and southeastern Niger. The Hausa are a minority in every country they reside in except Niger where they constitute the majority.

A few Hausa have also moved to large coastal cities in the region however, most are concentrated in small villages or towns in West Africa, where they grow crops or raise livestock, including cattle.

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