August 7, 1960 CE – Cote d’Ivoire Declares Independence from France

August 7, 1960 CE – Cote d’Ivoire Declares Independence from FranceRate this post After more than a century of French rule – and a 15-year fight – the Cote d’Ivoire gained its independence from its colonial masters on August 7th, 1960. Thanks to the work of a variety of native cocoa farmers (particularly future head of state Felix Houphouet-Boigny) the prosperous West African nation gradually transitioned out from under the thumb of Parliament in Paris to become one of the most successful non-oil-exporting countries on the continent. The connection between France and the tribal lands that would become the Cote d’Ivoire could be described as tense at best throughout most […]