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- Cia factbook - Cameroon
The former French Cameroon and part of British Cameroon merged in 1961 to
form the present country. Cameroon has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted
the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry.
Despite movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of
an ethnic oligarchy.
- The index of Africa - Cameroon
Index on Africa is a gateway to information on Africa
on the Internet, with over 2.000 links sorted by country, subject and news. The Index has
been created by The Norwegian Council for Africa (NCA), as a part of NCA's efforts to
raise awareness about Africa and African affairs.
- Travel guide to Cameroon
The country has two distinct climatic areas. On the coast, the average annual
rainfall is 152.5 inches; precipitation often measures more than 33 feet a year. The mean
temperature ranges from 24.4°C to 27°C (76°-81°F). In the south there are two dry
seasons, December to February and July to September. The northern part of the country has
a more comfortable climate. Total rainfall is about 31.2 inches, and the mean temperature
ranges from 23°C to 26°C (73°F - 79°F). The dry season in the north is from October to
April. The mountain ranges in the west have a heavier rainfall and cooler temperatures.
- The crawfurd homepage - Cameroon
With more than 130 ethnic groups, Cameroon is one of the most cultural diverse
countries in Africa. Christianity and Islam are competing for Cameroonian souls, but
indigenous beliefs and original traditions are still surviving. Ethnologue Cameroon has an
overview of the many tribes. One of the big ethnic groups in Cameroon are the semi-bantu
Bamiléké. The online African Art Museum has great samples of art from the Bamiléké,
Bamum and other tribes from Cameroon and other African countries. Cameroon is also home of
many "pygmy" tribes who were the orginal inhabitants of the area.
government country profile Cameroon
Cameroon's estimated 250 ethnic groups form five large regional-cultural
groups: western highlanders (or grassfielders), including the Bamileke, Bamoun, and many
smaller entities in the Northwest (est. 38% of population); coastal tropical forest
peoples, including the Bassa, Douala, and many smaller entities in the Southwest (12%);
southern tropical forest peoples, including the Beti, Bulu (subgroup of Beti), Fang
(subgroup of Beti), and Pygmies (officially called Bakas) (18%); predominantly Islamic
peoples of the northern semi-arid regions (the Sahel) and central highlands, including the
Fulani, also known as Peuhl in French (14%); and the "Kirdi", non-Islamic or
recently Islamic peoples of the northern desert and central highlands (18%).