Togo: The Hugues Le Roux Mission


Robert Charles Henri Le Roux (1860–1925), better known by his pen name of Hugues Le Roux, was a French writer and journalist who specialized in travel literature and books about the French colonies. Close to French official circles, he helped to build support in France for the idea that France had a unique civilizing mission (mission civilisatrice) in the less-developed parts of the world. In 1918–19, Le Roux produced for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs a series of small books on the French colonies in Africa, as well as a book on Syria. Togoland had been a German colony before World War I, which, when war broke out in August 1914, was occupied by British troops from the neighboring British colony of Gold Coast and by French troops from the French colony of Dahomey. After the war, the colony was divided into two parts, to be administered by Britain and France under League of Nations mandates. Le Roux’s book provides an overview of the country in 1918. Included are chapters on the geography, people, economy, and history and the political organization of the colony, along with a detailed foldout map. The book concluded that Togo was rich in minerals, with an ample labor force, but that the colony needed a port and railroad in order to reach its economic potential.

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Imprimerie Jean Cussac, Paris


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Togo : Mission Hugues Le Roux


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50 pages : tables, 1 folded map ; 23 centimeters

Last updated: September 18, 2015