A republic in West Africa. Cameroun was
a German protectorate until 1915, when it was occupied by the British and
French. In 1922, it was mandated to these countries by the League of
Nations. The French portion became the independent State of Cameroun in
1960, with the southern portion of the British mandate joining it in 1961.
The northern portion of the British mandate joined Nigeria. In 1972,
Cameroun changed its official designation to the United Republic of
Cameroon. Politically stable, Cameroon has enjoyed considerable
development in agriculture and transportation since independence.