The capital and largest city of Mali, in the southwest of the country on the Niger River.x
- The capital city of Mali
- From Kurussa the Niger is navigable at high water all the way to Bamako in Upper Senegal, whence there is communication by rail and river with St Louis and Timbuktu.
- Lower down, at Bamako - the first considerable town on its banks - has a depth of 6 ft.
- Seven or eight miles below Bamako the Sotuba rocks mark the end of what may be considered the upper river.
- From 1904 onwards the French undertook works on the Niger between Bamako - whence there is railway communication with the Senegal - and Ansongo with a view to deepening the channel and removing obstructions to navigation.