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Bwake(bwä`kā, bwäkā`), town (1996 est. pop. 462,300), central Côte d'Ivoire. It is a transportation hub and a commercial center and was once the crossroads for the caravan trade. Tobacco products, building materials, and textiles are produced, and cotton sisal and rice are processed. Gold, mercury, and manganese are found nearby. Following the 2002 rebellion by Ivoirian northerners, Bouaké became the main center for rebel forces.
a city in the northern part of the Ivory Coast. Administrative center of the Central district. Population, 85,000 (1965). Bouaké has a railroad station and is a road junction; there is also an international airport. Its textile combine is the country’s largest industrial enterprise. The city also has a tobacco factory. It is the commercial center of an agricultural district whose major crops include coffee, cocoa, tobacco, and cotton. There is a thermal electric power station.