1842-1918 History of West Africa 1939-1960

The French Colony, 1919-1939

In 1934, ABIDJAN became the colony's capital. In 1935, the railway line was extended to Ouagadougou (Upper Volta). Upper Volta, as a separate administrative entity, had been split up in 1932, the southwestern part of it having been annexed to the Ivory Coast (Upper Volta would be recreated in 1947).
In 1936, Cote d'Ivoire had a population of 3,850,653 (incl. the areas annexed from former Upper Volta); 3,723 of them were white. Abidjan had 17,476 inhabitants. Cote d'Ivoire had 807 km of railway lines, 15,000 km of country roads (1934), 360 km of telephone lins and 269 registered telephones

History of the Ivory Coast, from Infoplease and from Library of Congress, Country Studies
French West Africa, from Infoplease
REFERENCE Hübner's Weltstatistik, 73rd edition, edited by Ernst Rösner, Wien 1939; in German [G]
Article : French West Africa - Ivory Coast, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1919 pp.872-873, 1924 p.922, 1925 pp.933-934, 1926 pp.906-907, 1928 pp.922-923, 1929 p.910, 1932 pp.912-913, 1937 pp.949-959 [G]
Article : Ivory Coast, in : Americana Annual 1927 p.465, 1928 p.421, 1930 pp.416-417, 1931 p.418, 1932 p.380, 1933 p.407, 1934 p.317, 1935 p.376, 1936 p.383, 1937 p.366 [G]

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