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Gadames

Gadames, the chief town of an oasis in the Sahara, in the government of Tripoli, and near Algeria. The oasis is surrounded by an old wall of 10 to 12 feet in height, and the streets of the town are crooked and narrow, and in many cases covered on account of the heat. There are several mosques and schools, and education is general. The oasis is a great meeting centre for caravans, and the inhabitants are good traders and merchants, and have many establishments in North and Central Africa. They are mostly Berber in race, though in the S. there is some negro admixture. There are warm springs in the oasis, and there are remains of Roman architecture.

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