French Cameroons


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French Cameroons

A former French mandate (1922-1946) and trust territory (1946-1960) of west-central Africa. It became an independent republic in 1960, and the following year it was joined with the southern portion of British Cameroons to form the present-day country of Cameroon.

French Cameroons

pl n
(Placename) the part of Cameroon formerly administered by France (1919–60)

Came•roun

(kæmˈrun; Fr. kamˈrun)

n.
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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In her mid-twenties, Sally Chilver first came into contact with the French Cameroons when she was recruited to a new section of the War Cabinet Office dealing with the strategic overview of trade with the overseas territories of France and Belgium.
The plebiscite ended in favour of British Cameroon re-unifying with French Cameroons on 1st October 1961 (Ngoh, 1996).
It was also in that year that the State of West Cameroon came into being after reunification with French Cameroon.
An important stage of the mass mobilisation programme came in the form of the 44th edition of the Youth Day Celebrations on 11 February, which incidentally is the date commemorating the plebiscite in which the British Southern Cameroons voted en masse to re-unite with the French Cameroons.
Unlike the other African countries with specific independence dates, Cameroon's "independence" is perceived more as a movement, which started with the independence of French Cameroon on 1 January 1960 and ended with, some might say, "another" independence made possible by the "reunification" with the British Southern Cameroon on 1 October 1961.
Its members called for the recreation of the Greater Kamerun through the elimination of the artificial Oliphant-Picot boundary (1) and the reunification of British and French Cameroons.