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Title:Great Britain and the final partition of the Cameroons 1916-1922
Author:Osuntokun, Jide
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Geographic term:Kamerun
Subject:mandated territories
Abstract:The partition of the Cameroons brought to an end the process which began in the 1880s, and demonstrated the extent to which Africa has been used in European diplomacy before and during the First World War. Britain conceded most of France's requests in the Cameroons because of her desire to have a preponderant position in East and South Africa as well as the Middle East. In accommodating France on generous terms in the Cameroons, Britain did not have much to fear from France which was not an aspiring naval power as Germany had been. What eventually decided the fate of the Cameroons, among other things, was that the Colonial Office had by 1919 recognised that France was too strongly entrenched in the Cameroons and the delegates to the Paris peace conference were presented with a fait accompli. Apart from this, the Colonial Office by the end of the war had become so absorbed in foreign policy that Colonial problems became of secondary importance to men who were determined to see that the 1914-1918 war would be in reality 'a war to end all wars'. Notes.