Cameroon: History

  1. 1520

    The Portuguese establish sugar plantations and begin slave trade in modern-day Cameroon.

  2. 1884

    Cameroon and several of its neighbors jointly become a German colony.

  3. 1919

    After World War I, the League of Nations partitions Cameroon between Britain and France, giving the northern part to France and the southern part to Britain.

  4. 1960

    After an armed revolution, French Cameroon is granted independence and becomes the Republic of Cameroon. Ahmadou Ahidjo becomes the president.

  5. 1961

    Through a referendum the southern, Christian part of British Cameroon joins the Republic of Cameroon, while the northern, Muslim section joins Nigeria.

  6. 2000

    The World Bank approves funding for an oil and pipeline project in Cameroon and Chad.

  7. 2006

    The Paris Club, made up of most major lending nations, forgives almost all of Cameroon’s $3.5 billion debt.

  8. 2008

    Nigeria gives the oil-rich Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon six years after the United Nations ruled in Cameroon's favor, ending a dispute that started in 1994.

  9. 2011

    Cameroon receives a loan from China to build a deep sea port at Kribi, a terminal of an oil pipeline from Chad.


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