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Country Cameroon



Cameroon

Republic on the Bight of Biafra SE of Nigeria with its capital at Yaounde. In its early history the region witnessed many migrations and invasions. Slave trading followed the arrival of the Portuguese in 1472. In the 19th century the British established commercial hegemony over the coastal area, but were later supplanted by the Germans. Germany’s territory was occupied during World War I by France and Britain, and in 1919 the area was divided into French and British zones. The French zone became independent on January 1, 1960, with Ahmadou Ahidjo as president. In 1961 the northern section of the British zone united with Nigeria and the southern section joined the independent Cameroon. In 1972 the two zones became a united state with Ahidjo as president. In 1982, Ahidjo resigned in favor of Paul Biya who has continued to rule the country through 2005. In the 1990s there was conflict between Cameroon and Nigeria over the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula in the Gulf of Guinea, with fighting occurring in 1994 and 1997. In 2002, the International Court of Justice awarded the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon, but Nigeria delayed implementing the decision.

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Cameroon: Top Cities

Douala 1,338,082 Littoral Province 9.71 x 4.05 Africa/Douala
Yaounde 1,299,369 Centre Region 11.52 x 3.87 Africa/Douala
Garoua 436,899 North Region 13.40 x 9.30 Africa/Douala
Kousseri 435,547 Far North Province 15.03 x 12.08 Africa/Douala
Bamenda 393,835 North-West Province 10.16 x 5.95 Africa/Douala
Maroua 319,941 Far North Province 14.32 x 10.59 Africa/Douala
Bafoussam 290,768 West Province 10.42 x 5.47 Africa/Douala
Mokolo 275,239 Far North Province 13.80 x 10.74 Africa/Douala
Ngaoundere 231,357 Adamaoua Region 13.58 x 7.32 Africa/Douala
Bertoua 218,111 East Region 13.68 x 4.58 Africa/Douala
Edea 203,149 Littoral Province 10.13 x 3.80 Africa/Douala
Loum 177,429 Littoral Province 9.74 x 4.72 Africa/Douala
Kumba 144,413 South-West Province 9.45 x 4.64 Africa/Douala
Nkongsamba 117,063 Littoral Province 9.94 x 4.95 Africa/Douala
Mbouda 111,320 West Province 10.26 x 5.63 Africa/Douala
Dschang 96,112 West Province 10.06 x 5.45 Africa/Douala
Foumban 92,673 West Province 10.90 x 5.73 Africa/Douala
Ebolowa 87,875 South Province 11.15 x 2.90 Africa/Douala
Guider 84,647 North Region 13.95 x 9.93 Africa/Douala
Foumbot 84,065 West Province 10.64 x 5.51 Africa/Douala
Bafang 80,688 West Province 10.18 x 5.16 Africa/Douala
Yagoua 80,235 Far North Province 15.23 x 10.34 Africa/Douala
Mbalmayo 80,206 Centre Region 11.50 x 3.52 Africa/Douala
Meiganga 80,100 Adamaoua Region 14.30 x 6.52 Africa/Douala
Bali 72,606 North-West Province 10.01 x 5.89 Africa/Douala
Limbe 72,106 South-West Province 9.21 x 4.02 Africa/Douala
Bafia 69,270 Centre Region 11.23 x 4.75 Africa/Douala
Wum 68,836 North-West Province 10.07 x 6.38 Africa/Douala
Bangangte 65,385 West Province 10.52 x 5.14 Africa/Douala
Tiko 55,914 South-West Province 9.37 x 4.07 Africa/Douala