The early history of Ivory Coast is virtually unknown, although it is thought that a Neolithic culture existed there. France made its initial contact with ivory coast in 1637, when missionaries landed at the Assinie near the Gold Coast (now Ghana) border. Early contacts were limited to a few missionaries because of the inhospitable coastline and settlers’ fear of the inhabitants.
Population of Ivory Coast is approx 16,400,000. There are more than 60 ethnic groups, the main ones are Baoule in the centre, the Agri in the east, the Senufo in the north, the Dioula in the west and northwest, the Bete in the centre-west and the Dan-Yacouba in the west. Migrants from other west African countries account for up to 40% of the population.
Lions, Elephants and birds are the main animals found in Ivory Coast. Unfortunately due to poaching these animals might be extinct before long. Elephants are being hunted especially for their Ivory Tusks.
One of the main landmarks in Ivory Coast is The Tai National Park, a wonderland of huge trees and abundant wildlife. There is the impressive cascade waterfall in a bamboo forest around the town of Man. In the city there is a full sized replica of St. Peters in Rome.