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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Historical Names of Today’s African Countries

Former African country names  


Africa encountered colonization, occupation and aggression from the United Kingdom, Germany, Romans, Arabs, Danish, Berbers, Turkish Ottoman Empire, the French, Portuguese, Italians, the Dutch and countless internal battles.


The colonizing of Africa imposed boundaries without regard to culture or heritage of native Africans. With a mix of Arabic, Danish, German, Indian, African, French, Italian, Chinese and European influences Africa is truly a melting pot of language, culture and idea’s and has undergone numerous changes in names throughout her history.


Historical African Names of Today’s African Countries


Former Country Name
Today’s Name

Republic of Dahomey
Benin

Bechuanaland

Botswana
Upper Volta, Burkina

Burkina Faso
Urundi

Burundi
Central African Empire and Ubangi-Shari

Central African Republic
Belgian Congo, Katanga and Zaire

Democratic Republic of the Congo
Afars and Issas Territory
and French Somaliland
Djibouti


United Arab Republic (UAR)      
Egypt, Syria

Spanish Guinea

Equatorial Guinea
Italian East Africa

Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia
Abyssinia

Ethiopia
Gold Coast and Togoland (British Togoland)

Ghana
French Guinea
Guinea

Kenya Colony

Kenya
British East Africa or East Africa Protectorate
British protectorate

Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and parts of Somalia
Basutoland

Kingdom of Lesotho
Grain Coast

Liberia
Malagasy Republic

Madagascar
Nyasaland

Malawi
Songhay, French Sudan and Sudanese Republic

Mali
French West Africa


Mauritania, The Gambia, Senegal, Niger, Mali, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Benin.

Spanish West Africa

Morocco, Western Sahara
Portuguese East Africa Província Ultramarina de Moçambique

Mozambique
German Southwest Africa
Deutsch-Südwestafrika

Namibia
Hausaland
Niger, Nigeria


Republic of Biafra

Nigeria
Bourbon Island
Reunion Island

Ruanda

Rwanda
Benadir    
Somalia


Union of South Africa, Bophuthatswana, Cape Colony, Republic of Ciskei, Kaffraria ( Transkei)


South Africa
Nubia

Sudan, Egypt
Tanganyika Territory

Tanzania
Zanzibar semi-autonomous

Tanzania
Senegambia

The Gambia, Senegal
Spanish Sahara

Western Sahara
Rhodesia, Northern

Zambia
Rhodesia, Southern
Zimbabwe



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