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How did World War II affect West Africa?

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Cultures +3 Age Level High School (16 to 18 years old)

World War II was a global conflict affecting all regions of the world, including West Africa. Africans from British and French colonies fought all over the world in the militaries of their colonizers. When Germany invaded France in 1940, Africans in French colonies  were divided between the Vichy government in West Africa and the Free French resistance in Central Africa. The currencies issued by the two separate governments illustrate this divide. 

1 Shilling, British West Africa, 1943

National Museum of American History

25 Francs, French West Africa, 1942

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1 Franc, Cameroon, 1943

National Museum of American History

5 Francs, French Equatorial Africa, 1941

National Museum of American History

1,000 Francs, French West Africa, 1942

National Museum of American History