Independence Day in the Central African Republic comes on 13 August commemorating the country’s freedom from the French Empire that was achieved in the year 1960.
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For a long time, the very isolation of the region that is now the Central African Republic kept it free from both colonialism and the slave trade. But that situation finally ended during the 1800s when some local tribes started capturing and selling slaves from other tribes to the Europeans and the Arabs. Then, the famed “Scramble For Africa” resulted in France extending its domain over the region now known as the Central African Republic, while German and Belgian aspirations were defeated.
In 1894, France established the colony of Ubangi-Shari. They joined it to the bigger colony of French Equatorial Africa in 1910. After World War II, an independence movement arose in Ubangi-Shari, led by Barthelemy Boganda. It finally succeeded on 13 August, 1960, when France gave in and recognised their total independence.
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