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Abengourou

town, eastern Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), on the road from Abidjan (the national capital) to Ghana. The major trading centre for a productive forest region, it is also the residence of the Anyi (Agni) paramount chief, who is the present king of Indenie (an Anyi kingdom founded in the mid-18th century). The king's official residence (built 1882) is decorated with Indenie relics and tapestries. Abengourou has an agricultural-vocational-training institute and research station for coffee and cocoa, the region's major crops, which are sent to Abidjan (100 miles [161 km] south-southwest) for export. The town is the seat of a Roman Catholic bishop, several schools, and one of the largest hospitals in the interior. Pop. (latest est.) 58,974.

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