Damel was the title of the ruler (or king) of the Wolof kingdom of Cayor in what is now northwest Senegal, West Africa.

The most well-known damel is probably Lat Dior Diop (1842–1886) who died in battle during the final French drive to capture his territory,[1] which was one of the strongest areas of resistance.[2] Lat Dior is a Senegalese national hero.

The 30th and last Damel of Cayor, Samba Laobé Fall, was killed by the leader of a French delegation, Captain Spitzer, at Tivaouane, Senegal.[3]

List of damel[]

The following are the damel of Cayor, in order[4]


  1. ^ Hale, Johnson & Belcher, 1997, p. 211.
  2. ^ Harney, 2004, p. 282.
  3. ^ Crowder, 1968, p. 79.
  4. ^ World Statesmen.org list of the rulers of the precolonial kingdoms of Senegal


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