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Trans Volta Togoland and the refuseniks of the union with Ghana

Comment: I have checked

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Muzenge I
Date:
2008-05-09 07:55:24
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Re: Are you sure?????


TTT,
I have googled and this is what I got.
"[edit] Berlin Conference
Main article: Berlin Conference
The occupation of Egypt and the acquisition of the Congo were the first major moves in what came to be a precipitous scramble for African territory. In 1884, Otto von Bismarck convened the 1884-85 Berlin Conference to discuss the Africa problem. The diplomats put on a humanitarian façade by condemning the slave trade, prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages and firearms in certain regions, and by expressing concern for missionary activities. More importantly, the diplomats in Berlin laid down the rules of competition by which the great powers were to be guided in seeking colonies. They also agreed that the area along the Congo River was to be administered by Léopold II of Belgium as a neutral area, known as the Congo Free State, in which trade and navigation were to be free. No nation was to stake claims in Africa without notifying other powers of its intentions. No territory could be formally claimed prior to being effectively occupied. However, the competitors ignored the rules when convenient and on several occasions war was only narrowly avoided."
It was Otto Von Bismarck who called it and he was not a chancellor in 1844. The State of Germany was not even in existence by 1844. The Unification of Germany was completed in 1870 and that enabled the german Chancellor to call that conference.

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I have checked
Muzenge I
05-09 07:55
MIKE OTCHERE{CANADA}
05-11 15:19