Central African Republic: History
France claims the area of the modern-day Central African Republic in a convention.
The French government gives the territory representation in the French parliament and allows local assemblies to be created.
The Central African Republic declares independence with David Dacko as the president.
Jean-Bedel Bokassa, army commander, leads a nearly bloodless coup and assumes power.
Bokassa establishes a monarchy, making himself emperor. He remains in power for the next three years, until he is desposed in a French-backed coup.
Political parties become legal, setting up elections and ending 12 years of military rule.
Rebel activity intensifies in the northern parts of the country and the government loses control of some territory to the rebel troops.
The rebel People’s Democratic Front agrees to a peace accord with the government. Other rebel groups soon also sign peace or cease-fire agreements.