1919-1939 History of West Africa Independence
since 1960

Late Colony and French Overseas Territory, 1939-1960

After World War II, the policy of the colonial administration changed drastically. The Ivory Coast was declared an OVERSEAS TERRITORY in 1946, the areas annexed from Upper Volta were separated again when Upper Volta was reestablished in 1947. The Ivory Coast was given an ASSEMBLY.
The French policy to assimilate the Ivorians failed; sentiment tended toward independence. Political autonomy was achieved in 1958, and independence declared in 1960.

History of the Ivory Coast, from Infoplease and from Library of Congress, Country Studies
French West Africa, from Infoplease
REFERENCE Article : French West Africa, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1953 pp.300-301, 1954 p.299, 1955 p.346, 1956 pp.282-283, 1958 pp.280-281, 1959 pp.278-279, 1960 pp.276-277 [G]
Article Ivory Coast, Republic of, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1960 p.370 [G]
Article : Ivory Coast, in : Americana Annual 1943 p.396, 1944 p.366 [G]
Article : French West Africa : Ivory Coast, in : Statesman's Year Book 1943 pp.938-939 [G]

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