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German Kamerun (1884-1916)[edit | edit source]

The Germans established a trading post along the Kamerun River in 1868. In 1884, West African shipping companies petitioned the German Empire for protection and the protectorate of Kamerun was established. During World War I, British, French, and Belgian troops invaded the protectorate and in 1916 the last German fort surrendered. Through the Treaty of Versailles, it was divided between the British and French. [1]

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British Northern and Southern Cameroons (1919-1961)[edit | edit source]

During World War I, British, French, and Belgian troops invaded the German colony of Kamerun. In 1916, the last German fort surrendered. Through the Treaty of Versailles, it was divided between the British and French. The British Cameroons remained a colony until the formation of the Republic of Cameroon. In 1961, Northern Cameroons, which was predominantly Muslim, united with Nigeria, and Southern Cameroons joined the Federal Republic of Cameroun.[2]

Record collection Years covered Record type Language Who is in the records
British Armed Forces and Overseas Births and Baptisms, Cameroon at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1821-2005 Births and baptisms English Children born to those working within the armed forces, merchant navy, and consular forces, as well as, civilian ship passengers.
British Armed Forces and Overseas Banns and Marriages, Cameroon at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1849-1986 Banns and marriages English British armed forces members and civilians who were married abroad and at sea
British Armed Forces and Overseas Deaths and Burials, Cameroon at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1849-2003 Deaths and burials English Members of the British armed forces who died while serving their country overseas, British civilians who died while traveling or working overseas, and individuals (including seaman) who died at sea.
British Civil Service Evidence Of Age at FindMyPast - index ($) 1752-1951 Civil Service applications and paperwork English Individuals who worked for, or applied to join, the British Civil Service.

French Cameroun (1919-1961)[edit | edit source]

During World War I, British, French, and Belgian troops invaded the German colony of Kamerun. In 1916, the last German fort surrendered. Through the Treaty of Versailles, it was divided between the British and French. French Cameroons remained a colony until it became independent in 1960.[3]

Record collection Years covered Record type Language Who is in the records

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Kamerun," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamerun, accessed 15 July 2019.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "British Cameroons," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Cameroons, accessed 15 July 2019.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "French Cameroons," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Cameroons#History, accessed 15 July 2019.