1863-1918 History of West Africa 1939-1960

Dahomey, French West Africa, 1918-1939

Since 1904, Dahomey was a province of French West Africa, the seat of administration of which was at Dakar. World War I had resulted in the addition of the larger part of former German Togo, Dahomey's neighbout to the west, to French West Africa. In 1934, French Togo was annexed to Dahomey; in 1937 it was made a separate administrative entity again.
Under French rule, the infrastructure was improved (roads, railroads), elementary schools, hospitals built, the cultivation of palm oil promoted. Catholic mission made great progress.

History of Benin, from Infoplease
REFERENCE Article : French West Africa - Dahomey, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1919 pp.873-874, 1924 pp.922-923, 1925 p.934, 1926 p.907, 1928 p.923, 1929 pp.910-911, 1932 pp.913-914, 1937 pp.949-959 [G]
Article : Dahomey, in : Americana Annual 1927 p.241, 1928 p.216, 1930 p.234, 1931 p.244, 1932 p.206, 1933 pp.217-218, 1934 p.186, 1935 p.199, 1936 p.200, 1937 p.188 [G]

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