Tuesday, August 23, 2005

History of Togo

History of Togo. This is a brief essay which covers the history of the African nation of Togo.

Wikiedpia notes, "The Togolese Republic is a country in West Africa, bordering Ghana in the west, Benin in the east and Burkina Faso in the north. In the south, it has a short Gulf of Guinea coast, on which the capital Lomé is located."

From the site:

The Ewes moved into the area which is now Togo from the Niger River valley between the 12th and 14th centuries. During the 15th and 16th centuries, Portuguese explorers and traders visited the coast. For the next 200 years, the coastal region was a major raiding center for Europeans in search of slaves, earning Togo and the surrounding region the name "The Slave Coast." In an 1884 treaty signed at Togoville, Germany declared a protectorate over a stretch of territory along the coast and gradually extended its control inland. Because it became Germany's only self-supporting colony, Togoland was known as its model possession. In 1914, Togoland was invaded by French and British forces and fell after brief resistance. Following the war, Togoland became a League of Nations mandate divided for administrative purposes between France and the United Kingdom.

After World War II, the mandate became a UN trust territory administered by the United Kingdom and France. During the mandate and trusteeship periods, western Togo was administered as part of the British Gold Coast. In 1957, the residents of British Togoland voted to join the Gold Coast as part of the new independent nation of Ghana.


bRiTbRaTxO said...

Thank you!! This was the only sight where I could fins backround information before Togo gained their independance on April 27, 1960. This was a very big help for my research paper (which I got a 100 on!! thanks to you!!) Thank you again!!!! You really helped me!! Thanks again!!!

bRiTbRaTxO said...

correction: fins is supposed to be find lol...

Miland said...

Thanks for your kind words. I am glad you found this useful.