This study of the history, geography, population, administrative structures, and economy of French Guinea was published in 1906, in conjunction with the French Colonial Exposition in Marseille. In the years before World War I, France’s global empire, second in size only to Britain’s, was nearing its peak. The exposition was intended to glorify France’s civilizing mission as well as to highlight its profitable trade with the colonies, much of which passed through the port of Marseille. Wedged between Portuguese Guinea to the north and British-controlled Sierra Leone to the south, Guinea came under French control in the late 19th century. In 1895, it became part of French West Africa, along with the Ivory Coast, Dahomey, Senegal, and Chad. This work, like others produced for the Marseille exposition, outlines in detail how the French administered their colonies. It notes, for example, that the postal and telegraph service had 25 offices, 2,600 kilometers of telegraph line, and an urban telegraph network. Of the 160 functionaries employed in the service, 28 were from metropolitan France while 132 were African. In 1958 French Guinea became the independent Republic of Guinea.
É. Crété, Corbeil, France
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459 pages : illustrations, map ; 26 centimeters
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