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French West Africa


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A former federation (1895-1959) of French territories in western Africa comprising the present-day countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal.

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  • proper n. French West Africa is the (literal) English rendering of Afrique Occidentale française (abbreviated AOC), a geographical group of French colonies in West Africa under the supervisory authority of a single governor-general, comprising the following colonised countries (present names as independent republics in perenthesis if different): Dahomey (Benin), French Guinea (Guinea), the French Sudan (Mali), Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Upper Volta (Burkina Faso); the last governor-general was also the first of two successive High commissioners, charged with the transition to independence as independent republics, without a common administrative level


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  • First we stopped in Dakar Synagogue, in French West Africa, which is so similar

    Oral History Interview with Lindy Boggs, January 31, 1974. Interview A-0082. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • The first country in the French West Africa to win independence from

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Given two hundred men and six hundred francs, Marchand promised he could cross from French West Africa to the Gazelle River, and stake the French claim that would ensure a seat at the conference table.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • The first marshmallow peeps to cross the Atlantic without a water vehicle were launched from Newport News, VA in September 1948 and arrived in Mauritania then French West Africa five months later.

    Open Thread: “Facts” « Whatever

  • From 1904 it became part of French West Africa, having been subjugated as the

    ANC Today

  • From 1904 it became part of French West Africa, having been subjugated as the French colony of Cote d'Ivoire in 1893.

    ANC Today

  • In 1958, he was the only leader in French West Africa to push for immediate independence when others chose to continue their association with France.


  • In order to impose administrative authority and regularity on vast areas recently conquered, the French minister of colonies established the office of governor-general of French West Africa, based in Senegal.


  • All of French West Africa broke with Vichy and sided with the Allies.


  • British naval forces and Free French troops under de Gaulle tried unsuccessfully to occupy Dakar in French West Africa.

    1940, June 10


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