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Chemin de Fer de Kayes à Bafoulabé (ANFOM Microfilm 14 MI 1319)
in AOF Series O 59

© 1999 by Jim Jones, Ph.D.

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Convention pass‚e entre le Gouvernement du Soudan Français par l'interm‚diaire du G‚n‚ral Lieutenant Gouverneur et les chefs des Sofas, prisonniers de guerre travaillant sur les chantiers du chemin de fer de Kayes … Bamako (applicable … partir du 23 Janvier 1899)

(p1) This is a treaty between the French and African war prisoners who were put to work on railroad construction. It says that the Sofas (soldiers), instead of being treated like prisoners of war, were privileged to work for the French and receive rations, lodging and wages.

Article 1: The Sofas are not captives, nor are their wives or children.

(p2) Article 2: The Sofas are required to live wherever they are assigned by "le Capitaine Chef de Service des Travaux Neufs."

Article 4 mentions the possibility of punishment as prisoners of war for infractions

Article 5 prescribes the death penalty for desertion.

Article 6 makes the treaty effective 7 days after the Lt. Governor signs it.

Article 7 provides for four copies of the treaty to be sent to each of the two parties, the director of the railroad, and the national archives.

(p3) An additional paragraph permits the director of the railroad to make copies of thee treaty and post them wherever he feels necessary. They should be printed in French and Bambara, and carry the date the convention becomes effective.

Fait a Solinta 4 Janvier 1899. Signed: Trentinian


D‚l‚gu‚ du Gouverneur G‚n‚ral to Gouverneur G‚n‚ral de l'Afrique Occidentale Française … Saint Louis, letter (Kayes, March 15, 1900)

This letter infoprms the Governor General of the opening of the railroad station at Toukoto and the transfer of the "magasin du Service Locale" (local government warehouse) from Badumb‚ to Toukoto.


D‚l‚gu‚ du Gouverneur G‚n‚ral to Gouverneur-G‚n‚ral de l'Afrique Occidentale Française … Saint Louis (Kayes, May 10, 1900)
This 14-page letter concerns the supply of food for workers on the railroad between Kita - Bafoulab‚ - Kayes.

(p6) The railroad had 850 workers in the vicinity of Kayes, 300 near Bafoulab‚, and 3250 near Kita, for a total of 4400.

(p7) The Service colonial employs an additional 450 "hommes conducteurs" (animal drivers) and 450 mules.

This provides some figures for the size of worker rations. Railroad workers received one kilogram of millet and 0.015 grams of salt each day. Conducteurs d'animaux (animal drivers) got one kilogram of millet and 0.300 grams of meat per day. Mules got 4 kilograms of millet and 0.020 grams of salt.


Questionaire of the Gouverneur-G‚n‚ral
This file contains a series of documents that consist of a questionaire distributed by the Gouverneur General to various commercial houses. The Governor-General wanted their opinion regarding the new system of provisioning the "Compagnie de Conducteurs et la G‚ni‚" through the use of a bidding system. This is a list of the companies that responded to the questionaire and the name of the company's agent in Kayes.


Ligne de Ravitaillement: distances kilometrique s‚parant les campements de Badumb‚ … Koulikoro (no date)

This is a list of military camps along the supply route from the end of the railroad in Badumb‚ to the Niger River at Koulikoro.

Camp Distance from last camp (kilometers) Total distance from Badumb‚ (kilomters)
Badumb‚ 0 0
Billy 22 22
Toukoto 22 44
Ouarcaro 20 64
Boulouli 20 84
Oualia 15 99
Kita 14 113
Badinko 25 138
Tabako 24 162
Balani 23 185
Nafadi‚ 24 209
N‚gala 30 239
Dio 25 264
Kati 22 286
Bamako 13 299
Sallah 25 324
Toulimandio 22 346
Koulikoro 17 363