Cameroon: History

  1. 1884

    Cameroon becomes part of the western African colony of the German Empire and is called Kamerun.

  2. 1916

    Cameroon forces out Germany with the help of British and French forces.

  3. 1919

    The London Declaration divides Cameroon into French (80%) and British administrative zones (20%). The British zone is divided into Northern and Southern Cameroons.

  4. 1960

    French Cameroon granted independence and becomes the Republic of Cameroon.

  5. 1961

    Following a UN-sponsored referendum, the British Southern Cameroon joins the Republic of Cameroon to become the Federal Republic of Cameroon, while Northern Cameroon joins Nigeria

  6. 1972

    Cameroon becomes a unitary state and is named the United Republic of Cameroon.

  7. 1998

    The business monitor, Transparency International, classifies Cameroon as the most corrupt country in the world.

  8. 2000

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

  9. 2006

    The Paris Club, a group of major lending nations, agrees to cancel almost all of Cameroon's $3.5 bn debt.


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