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WAD MEDANI

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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 228 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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WAD MEDANI, a town of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, capital of the Blue Nile mudiria, in 14° 24' N., 33° 31' E., on the left bank of the Blue Nile, 110 m. by rail and 147 M. by river, S.E. of Khartum. Pop. about 20,000. It is the chief depot for grain raised in the Gezira, has oil and soap works, and is a thriving commercial centre, being on the main trade route between Khartum and Abyssinia. The town, which is of considerable antiquity, contains some fine buildings, the chief mosque having a conspicuous tower. Wad Medan,i was almost destroyed during the Mandia, but its return to prosperity under Anglo-Egyptian rule was rapid. In 1909 it was connected by railway with Khartum, and thus the hindrance to trade through the Blue Nile being scarcely navigable between January and June was over-come. In 1910 railway communication between the town and Kordofan was established. (See SUDAN, § Anglo-Egyptian.)
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