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The Central African Republic, as the name suggests, is a country in central Africa. It is a landlocked country known for its forest elephants and western lowland gorillas.
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Key Facts & Information
- Boganda, a Roman Catholic priest who left the priesthood to form a movement, attempted but failed to unite the French territories of Chad, Gabon, Congo, and Ubangi-Shari.
- Instead, Boganda agreed to accept France’s new constitution, which was offered to Ubangi-Shari.
- Boganda died in March 1959, and his position was filled by David Dacko, who claimed to be his relative.
- On August 13, 1960, Ubangi-Shari was granted independence and renamed the Central African Republic by Dacko.
- Throughout his service, France continued to assist the country. However, some of his projects drained the national budget.
- The economy’s debt skyrocketed under Dacko’s leadership.
- Dacko was replaced by an army commander in December 1965, Jean-Bedel Bokassa. He was unable to resolve the country’s growing debt.
- After removing Bokassa from leadership, the French government reappointed Dacko in September 1979.
- After two years, Gen. André Kolingba deposed Dacko and established a military government under his command.
- This lasted until 1985 when the country’s military committee was disbanded.
- Due to World Bank pressure and national debt, the National Assembly approved a new constitution in early 1986.
- They could no longer tolerate Kolingba’s authoritarian rule, so the citizens fought for democracy, and won.
- The Central African Republic is as large as France.
- Its capital, Bangui, is located on the country’s southern border.
- The country has many waterways. The Chari River tributaries occupy one-third of its territory.
- Mount Ngaoui, at 1410 meters, is the country’s highest point.
- A moist savanna climate prevails in the north and an equatorial forest zone in the south.
- The country’s northern section is devoid of trees, whereas the southern part, particularly around the Ubangi and Sangha rivers, is covered with dense tropical rainforests.
- The savannas are home to various antelope species, as well as baboons, buffalo, and elephants, and also forest elephants.
- Gorillas, chimps, and other primates, leopards, and the rare bongo antelope can all be found in the rainforests.
- Fish, crocodiles, and hippopotamuses can all be found in the rivers.
- The territory’s rich and diverse birdlife makes it one of Africa’s most unique zoologically.
Agriculture: Economic Basis
- Most of the country’s income, about half of the gross domestic product, is agriculture.
- Men clear the fields, but women tend to the crops for consumption.
- Crops include cassava, corn, millet, sorghum, rice, squashes, and peanuts.
- Because the government encourages agricultural diversification and the production of vegetables for export, the country can provide itself with basic foodstuffs.
- Domestic animals such as cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, and poultry are raised.
- In ponds, they raise tilapia and river fish, but livestock cannot be raised wherever they please. Because it pests on them, the tsetse fly reduces the area where animals can be raised.
- The presence of a large portion of tropical rainforest in the country has also aided the economy. Timber exports enable the exchange of foreign currency.
- However, the country’s reliance on international commodity markets has made it highly defenseless against price fluctuations.
- Women gather, produce, conserve, distribute, and prepare food for household consumption in most Central African families, while men hunt, trap, and fish.
- Locals make beer, palm wine, and banana wine, and ginger beer is a common soft drink.
- Churches are important in rural and urban areas, but for social interaction rather than religious reasons.
- Central Africans appreciate their holidays. One of the most significant dates for them is December 1, which marks the proclamation of the republic in 1958.
Central African Republic Facts Worksheets
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