Kaka, Turkmenistan

Kaka
romanized Russian Kaakhka, Cyrillic Russian Каахка
Kaka is located in Turkmenistan
Kaka
Kaka
Location in Turkmenistan
Coordinates: 37°21′N 59°36′E / 37.350°N 59.600°E / 37.350; 59.600
Country Turkmenistan
ProvinceAhal Province
DistrictKaka District
Time zoneUTC+5

Kaka, also known as Kaakhka, Kaakcha or Chaacha, is a city in and capital of Kaka District, Ahal Province, Turkmenistan. It lies on the Trans-Caspian railway and the M37 highway.

Etymology

The name Kaka is of obscure origin.[1] Some local elders have attributed it to an eponymous "long-forgotten" local king, while others to the Persian onomatopoeic word قهقهه (Qahqahe) "ha-ha", a deep laugh, indicating that the area is a happy land.[1]

History

Timur had a fortress—of unknown antiquity—restored in 1382 during his campaigns in East Caspian lands, and named it "Kahkah".[1][2] The ruins of the fortress commands immense archaeological significance.[2]

Overview

There was fighting between the Trans Caspian Mensheviks and the Tashkent Bolsheviks on 28 August, 11 and 18 September 1918 during the Russian Civil War. Troops of the British India Army were involved.[3]

Transport

There is a Tsarist era railway station.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c Atanyýazow, Soltanşa (1980). Түркменистаның Географик Атларының Дүшүндиришли Сөзлүги [Explanatory Dictionary of Geographic Names in Turkmenistan]. Ashgabat: Ылым. p. 175.
  2. ^ a b c Brummell, Paul (2005). Turkmenistan. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 124–125. ISBN 978-1-84162-144-9.
  3. ^ Operations in Trans-Caspia Archived 4 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Behind the Lines, accessed 23 September 2009

Coordinates: 37°21′N 59°36′E / 37.350°N 59.600°E / 37.350; 59.600

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