1920-1939 History of North Africa Independence
since 1960

Mauritania 1939-1960

After World War II, France transformed it's colonies into OVERSEAS TERRITORIES and attempted to democratize the administration. In Mauritania, this proved difficult not only because of the low population density. The border with FRENCH SOUDAN was redrawn, EL HODH added to Mauretania - a significant territorial gain. Only in 1957 was the seat of administration moved from SAINT LOUIS (Senegal) to NOUAKCHOTT, the new capital.
In 1958, Mauritania became an autonomous republic, in 1960 full independence was declared.

Mauritania, History of, from Infoplease
REFERENCE Article : French Colonial Empire, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1945 pp.301-302, 1946 pp.329-330, 1947 pp.344-345 [G]
Article : French Overseas Territories, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1948 pp.330-332, 1949 pp.287-290 [G]
Article : French Union, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1950 pp.305-308 [G]
Article : French West Africa, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1951 pp.312-313, 1952 pp.304-305, 1953 pp.300-301, 1954 p.299, 1955 p.346, 1956 pp.282-283, 1957 p.357, 1958 pp.280-281, 1959 pp.278-279, 1960 pp.276-277 [G]
Article : French Wst Africa : Mauritania, in : Statesman's Year Book 1943 pp.940-941 [G]
Article : French West Africa, in : New International Year Book Events of 1940 p.295, 1941 pp.228-229, 1942 p.271, 1943 pp.231-232, 1944 p.243, 1945 pp.231-232 [G]
Article : French West Africa, in : Funk & Wagnall's New Standard Encyclopedia Year Book, 1940 p.260, 1941 p.212-213, 1942 p.188, 1943 p.190, 1946 p.188, 1952 pp.174-175 [G]
Article : French West Africa, in : Americana Annual 1940 p.323, 1943 p.309, 1944 pp.296-297, 1945 pp.306-307, 1946 p.309, 1947 pp.276-277, 1957 pp.304-305 [G]

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