1895-1919 History of West Africa Haute Volta

Upper Volta, 1919-1939

In 1919, the territory of UPPER VOLTA was sepatated from UPPER SENEGAL AND NIGER and made a distinct colony with the capital OUAGADOUGOU.
A head tax was introduced (1919); Upper Volta was a favourite recruiting area for the French. In 1924, the sales of alcohol was banned. In 1932 the colony was dissolved, partitioned among the IVORY COAST, FRENCH SOUDAN and NIGER; the larger share was integrated into the Ivory Coast as the UPPER IVORY COAST.

Upper Volta's Governors, 1919-1932
Edouard Hesling, Lieutenant-Governor
Alberic Auguste Fournier, Lieutenant-Governor
Gabriel Omer Descemet

Burkina Faso, History of, from Infoplease
REFERENCE Daniel Miles McFarland, Historical Dictionary of Upper Volta, Metuchen : Scarecrow, 1978, 217 pp.
Article : French West Africa : Upper Volta, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1924 p.924, 1925 pp.935-936, 1926 pp.908-909, 1928 p.925, 1929 p.912, 1932 p.915 [G]

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