The Baoule (or Baule) are an Akan people and one of the largest groups in the Ivory Coast. The Baoule are farmers who live in the eastern side of Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). The Baoule people are represented by religion, art, festivals, and equal society . There are more than sixty-five different Akan-speaking ethnic groups living in Cote d'Ivoire. They live essentially in the middle of the Cote d'Ivoire between the Comoe River and the Bandama River. They played a role during 20th century history. Legend goes that in the 17th century the Baoule left present day Ghana and traveled west into present day Cote d'Ivoire under the lead of the Queen Pokou. According to oral tradition, the Baoule were forced to leave Ghana when the Ashanti rose to power. While they were fleeing for their lives they came to a large river that they were unable to cross. With their enemies chasing them they began to throw their most prized possessions into the river.
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