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Côte d'Ivoire

Originally one of the great trading empires of West Africa, the region was made the French colony of Côte d'Ivoire in 1893. The Malinke empire of the interior resisted the French until 1918. Towards the end of the 1940's French rule became excessively oppressive. In 1958 it became a French Republic and in 1960 it achieved independence.

A Very Short History of Cte d'Ivoire
A potted history of Cte d'Ivoire.

Côte d'Ivoire Timeline
A chronology of key events in Côte d'Ivoire's history.

Leaders of Côte d'Ivoire Since Independence
A list of the Côte d'Ivoire leaders since gaining independence on 7 August 1960

Félix Houphouët-Boigny
Nationalist, doctor, and first president of Côte d'Ivoire, Félix Houphouët-Boigny and his one party state created Africa's strongest and prosperous nation in the 1960s and 70s. At his death in 1993 he was the longest serving president of Africa and the third longest in the world.

Background Notes: Côte d'Ivoire
A useful potted history is included with these US Department of State Background Notes on Côte d'Ivoire. Also included is a range of political, economic, and geographical data, as well as information on its people, defense, and relations with the US.

Country Study: Côte d'Ivoire
The Library of Congress Country Study for Ivory Coast provides an excellent and fairly detailed history of the country. This information was originally compiled for the US Department of Army in case of potential deployment -- examining the historical, social, economic, and political background the country. (The only problem with this site is the awkwardness of navigating so many pages.)

Côte d'Ivoire History from Lonely Planet
A quirky, colloquial presentation of Côte d'Ivoire’s history presented by LonelyPlanet.com. Makes awfully good reading and may galvanize your interest in Africa’s regional history. Not only suitable for travelers.

Côte d'Ivoire - a Country Profile from the BBC
An extremely brief historical overview accompanies this BBC Country Profile of Côte d'Ivoire. Of particular interest are the simplified regional map (see where the country is in Africa), a photograph of Côte d'Ivoire’s current Chief of State, and details about the countries media.

Timeline for Côte d'Ivoire from the BBC
A chronology of important events in the history of Côte d'Ivoire given by year (and for more recent events by month also).

CIA World Fact Book: Côte d'Ivoire
A useful map and a range of geographical, political, and economic facts which are mostly up-to-date. Unfortunately this country profile lacks historical information (except for independence date), but the population statistics are probably the best available.

Côte d'Ivoire's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers
Updated weekly, this list of Côte d'Ivoire's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers is provided by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.

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