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449278.  Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:45 am Reply with quote

Cameroon means 'prawns' in Portuguese. It was discovered by Fernando Po in 1472. fact of the day 2nd December 2008

449354.  Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:04 pm Reply with quote

I haven't done a search, but I'll be very surprised if there isn't already some info on Cameroon here because it is an interesting country with a very old history (as most countries in that part of West Africa do).

The name didn't naturally come from the word for prawns, but was named after the main river which is the Wouri River, which itself was named by the Portugese as Rio dos Camarões.

For a relatively small country, Cameroon has such diverse geography that it's often advertised as "Africa in Miniature".

Unfortunately, as with several African countries, the tensions between Muslims and Christians has been building up even more in recent years, and add to that the fact that French speakers and English speaker tend to also clash (Canadians are practically sleeping with each other in comparison).

There's also a "breakaway" region of mainly English speakers called Ambazonia, which is quite significant in size and population, but the UN doesn't seem to take it seriously yet.

450632.  Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:00 am Reply with quote

I've just done a search and this is the only Cameroonian thread

So here we go....

The highest point in Cameroon is Fako 4,095 m (Mt. Cameroon).

Mount Cameroon, an active volcano, erupted six times in the twentieth century. The last eruption was in March 1999. (2006)

It is thought that Bantu migrations may have started from the highlands of Cameroon around two thousand years ago.

The Dja Faunal Reserve, a World Heritage site, is home to a population of pygmies who follow their traditional way of life within the reserve.

The Portuguese established sugar plantations in Cameroon in the early 1500s.

The name Cameroon is derived from "camaroes", the Portuguese word for prawns. The use of this name for the country was a reference to the availability of the shellfish.

The Dutch arrived in Cameroon in the seventeenth century.

The slave trade in West Africa flourished between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.

European countries traded in slaves until legislation prohibited the trade. Acts of Parliament were passed in European countries at different times.

In 1884 Germany established a protectorate over Cameroon.

During the First World War, British and French troops forced the Germans to leave the country.

After the War, administration of Cameroon was divided between the British (twenty percent) and the French (eighty percent).

In 1960 French Cameroon became the Republic of Cameroon.

[British] Southern Cameroons joined the Republic of Cameroon in 1961. This amalgamation formed the Federal Republic of Cameroon. (Northern Cameroons joined Nigeria).

In 1972 Cameroon became the United Republic of Cameroon. The name changed to the Republic of Cameroon in 1984.

The Republic of Cameroon is a member of the [British] Commonwealth.

In 1986 over one thousand seven hundred people died when lethal gas escaped from Lake Nyos, a volcanic lake.

In the early 1990s a dispute erupted between Cameroon and Nigeria over the ownership of the Bakassi Peninsula and its oil deposits.

The coordination of AIDS control in Cameroon is undertaken by the National AIDS Control Committee (CNLS).

Helps International Cameroon (HINT - is an organization that works to alleviate poverty, unemployment, computer illiteracy, child-related problems and HIV/AIDS.

451455.  Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:20 am Reply with quote

The Strangest Disater of the 20th Century

451513.  Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:40 am Reply with quote

That made a very interesting reading and requires further looking up for me to satisfy my curiousity :) thanks.

452073.  Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:07 pm Reply with quote

My pleasure - let me know what you dig up

655388.  Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:17 pm Reply with quote

Some additional QI information:

Cameroon is also a member of the Commonwealth (see Rwanda entry)

As the German colony of Kamerun the colonial power spent a great deal of money on the territory's infrastructure. It built roads, railways, public buildings and to facilitate construction introduced a system of forced labour within the colony

Ladies from Kamerun were often employed in wealthy German families as a governess, as they were considered to be very strict!

Many native men were drafted into the German army during WW1 and would have fought neighbouring Africans as the theatre of war was not only confined to Europe. Some soldiers from Kamerun also came to Europe where they died during the conflict.


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