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Title:An African Reaction to World War I: The Beti of Cameroon
Author:Quinn, Frederick
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Geographic term:Cameroon
World War I
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://doi.org/10.3406/cea.1973.2682
Abstract:The Beti are a rain forest tribe of approximately 500,000 people who live around. Yaounde. In 1887 two German military explorers, Kund and Tappenbeck, completed the twenty-two days march inland to the hilly region around what would become the Jaunde (Ewondo) post. This was the beginning of German control of the region. Less than a decade after the Germans had established the Yaounde post as a fully functioning administrative district. World War I erupted, bringing an end to the German overseas empire. In the period 1914-16 the Beti and their chiefs (among those Karl Atangana was the most important) were loyal to the Germans. The chiefs joined the German exodus in 1916. This meant the removal of almost all important African chiefs and soldiers. As a result, a period of political and cultural disorganization began for the Beti. The French in 1921 recalled Atangana to Yaounde as Chef supérieur of the Ewondo and Bene. Notes, French summary.