Atlas of Cameroon
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|Carte du Cameroun
Map of Cameroon
|Carte du Cameroun
Same map in French
|Carte du Cameroun|
|Carte du Cameroun méridional
Map of Southern Cameroon
Maps of divisions
This section holds maps of the administrative divisions.
|Subdivisions du Cameroun
Provinces of Cameroon
Provinces (names in French)
This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Cameroon, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Cameroon.
|The earliest inhabitants of present-day Cameroon are probably the Bakas (Pygmies). They still inhabit the forests of the south and east provinces. Bantu speakers originating in the Cameroonian highlands are among the first groups to move out before other invaders. Around 1472 the coast of what is now Cameroon is explored by Fernão do Pó. He names the area Rio dos Camaroes. During the late 1770s and early 1800s, the Fulani, a pastoral Islamic people of the western Sahel, conquer most of what is now northern Cameroon, subjugating or displacing its largely non-Muslim inhabitants.|
|In the nineteenth century both Britain and France are interested in the area, but it is Germany that establishes in 1884 the protectorate of Cameroon, in 1896 converted into a German crown land. This map shows the boundaries of the protectorate, compared with later borders.|
|In World War I France and the United Kingdom invade Cameroon (1914). After the war, in 1919, Cameroon is divided into French Cameroons and British Cameroons. In 1922 French Cameroons becomes a League of Nations mandate, converted into a United Nations Trust Territory in 1946. France grants Cameroons internal self-government in 1957. This map shows Cameroon as part of the French colonial empire.|
|Cameroon becomes independent as the Republic of Cameroon in 1960 and in 1961 it unites with the southern part of British Cameroons (Southern Cameroons) as the Federal Republic of Cameroon. In 1972 the country is renamed United Republic of Cameroon.|
This section holds copies of original general maps more than 70 years old.
|Karte von Camerun, Meyers Konversationslexikon von 1888|
Ethnic groups of Cameroon
Notes and references