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(Placename) the French name for Cameroon
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(kæmˈrun; Fr. kamˈrun)

2. Also called French Cameroons. a former French mandate (1919–46) and trusteeship (1946–60) in W Africa: independence 1960; now part of Cameroon.
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Noun1.Cameroun - a republic on the western coast of central Africa; was under French and British control until 1960
capital of Cameroon, Yaounde - the capital of Cameroon
Douala - the largest city of Cameroon
Cameroon - an inactive volcano in western Cameroon; highest peak on the West African coast
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Cameroonian - a native or inhabitant of Cameroon
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French Cameroon gained independence from France in 1960, followed one year later by British Cameroon which promptly joined its neighbor in a federal government.
[1960] French Cameroon proclaimed independence on 1 January 1960, becoming the Republic of Cameroon.
During decolonisation, a portion of British Cameroon elected to enter into a federation with French Cameroon rather than join Nigeria to its northwest.
(2) British Cameroons went into a union of equal states with French Cameroon. After reunification of the two Cameroons, the task was to implement a policy of national integration to accommodate the differences existing between West Cameroon (formerly British Cameroons) and East Cameroon (formerly French Cameroon).
Such is the fate that befell the Union des Populations du Cameroun (UPC), French Cameroon's leading nationalist movement.
This study uses a lexicographic approach as well as ethnolinguistic methods to explore Camfranglais (also known as Francanglais) , which is spoken in the language contact region of the towns for former British Cameroon and former French Cameroon. The opening chapter offers background on the historical origin and definition of Camfranglais, as well as discussion of the sociolinguistics of Camfranglais, a lexical elaboration of Camfranglais, the poetic making of Camfranglais, Camfranglais in historical perspectives, and the construction of youth identities in discourse practice.
While French Cameroon had her independence in January 1960 and Nigeria in October 1960, the British Southern Cameroon was to decide in a plebiscite either to join French Cameroon or Nigeria.
On 1 January 1960, the French part of Cameroon gained independence and on 1 October 1961 the British Southern Cameroons gained independence by reunification with French Cameroon. The new state was known as the Federal Republic of Cameroon, with Buea falling under the Federal State of West Cameroon and French Cameroon known as the Federal State of East Cameroon.
In 1955, the outlawed Union of the Peoples of Cameroon (UPC), based largely among the Bamileke and Bassa ethnic groups, began an armed struggle for independence in French Cameroon. This rebellion continued, with diminishing intensity, even after independence.
For instance, if all Anglophones are asked to leave French Cameroon and many Anglophones have invested there and vice versa, the chaos that this would cause is better remaining imagined than experienced.
And the young French Cameroon defender's cause cannot have been helped when he was handed the No 46 jersey by Keegan for the second preseason friendly at Doncaster Rovers, the highest number in the squad.
Religious conflict and the evolution of language policy in German and French Cameroon, 1885-1939.