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French Somaliland
French Somaliland
(French: Côte française des Somalis, lit. "French Coast of the Somalis"; Somali: Dhulka Soomaaliyeed ee Faransiiska) was a French colony in the Horn of Africa. It existed between 1883 and 1967.


1 History 2 See also 3 References 4 Further reading

History[edit] It was established between 1883 and 1887, after the ruling Somali and Afar sultans signed agreements giving the land away in various treaties with the French.[1][2][3] The name of French Somaliland, “Cote Francaise des Somalis” is said to have been proposed by Mohamed Haji Dide of the Mahad 'Ase branch of the Gadabuursi. He himself before the arrival of the French was prosperous merchant of Zayla and the sultan. He came on to build the first Mosque in Djibouti City "Gami ar-Rahma" in 1891.[4][5][6]

Map of French Somaliland, modern-day Djibouti, showing the French possession of a small peninsula in the Aden territory

The construction of the Imperial Ethiopian Railway
Imperial Ethiopian Railway
west into Ethiopia turned the port of Djibouti
into a boomtown of 15,000[7] at a time when Harar
was the only city in Ethiopia
to exceed that.[8] Although the population fell after the completion of the line to Dire Dawa and the original company failed and required a government bail-out, the rail link allowed the territory to quickly supersede the caravan-based trade carried on at Zeila[9] (then in the British area of Somaliland) and become the premier port for coffee and other goods leaving southern Ethiopia
and the Ogaden
through Harar. The railway continued to operate following the Italian conquest of Ethiopia
but, following the tumult of the Second World War, the area became an overseas territory of France in 1946. In 1967, French Somaliland was renamed the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas and, in 1977, it became the independent country of Djibouti. See also[edit]

List of governors of French Somaliland List of French possessions and colonies French colonial empire


^  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Somaliland: French Somaliland". Encyclopædia Britannica. 25 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 383.  ^ Raph Uwechue, Africa year book and who's who, (Africa Journal Ltd.: 1977), p. 209 ISBN 0903274051. ^ A Political Chronology of Africa, (Taylor & Francis: 2001), p. 132 ISBN 1857431162. ^ Rayne, Henry a (2015-08-08). Sun, Sand and Somals; Leaves from the Note-Book of a District Commissioner in British Somaliland. BiblioLife. ISBN 9781297569760.  ^ Farah, Rachad (2013-09-01). Un embajador en el centro de los acontecimientos (in Spanish). Editions L'Harmattan. p. 17. ISBN 9782336321356.  ^ As indicated in Morin (2005:640) the name of “Cote francaise des Somalis” itself is said to have been proposed by hağği Diideh http://ediss.sub.uni-hamburg.de/volltexte/2011/5127/pdf/Yas_Diss_2010.pdf page 92 ^ " Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Jibuti". Encyclopædia Britannica. 15 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 414.  ^  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Abyssinia". Encyclopædia Britannica. 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 86.  ^ " Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Zaila". Encyclopædia Britannica. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 950. 

Further reading[edit]

Imbert-Vier, Simon (2008). Frontières et limites à Djibouti
durant la période coloniale (1884–1977) (PhD thesis). Université de Provence–Aix-Marseille I. 

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