Clarification of Answer by
30 Nov 2006 09:47 PST
Thanks for the clarification, Melkbrood.
In checking Dutch translations, I discovered nothing related to
minante, but a quick search of the word coupled with Africa did
produce results referencing minante (in French).
It may be that the name is a result of the French African colonial
influence in Africa.
"In Senegal in West Africa, the French began to establish trading
posts along the coast in 1624. In 1664, the French East India Company
was established to compete for trade in the east. Colonies were
established in India in Chandernagore in Bengal (1673) and Pondicherry
in the Southeast (1674), and later at Yanam (1723), Mahe (1725), and
Karikal (1739) (see French India). Colonies were also founded in the
Indian Ocean, on the Île de Bourbon (Réunion, 1664), Île de France
(Mauritius, 1718), and the Seychelles (1756)."
The majority of results returned for a simple search of the word come
up in French, so mining or miner would seem to be the predominant
meaning. I was unable to locate any African dialect translation
How would you like me to proceed from here?
french africa settled
french africa minante
french mining africa