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Cote d'Ivoire - History



Cote d'Ivoire - History
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     challenging words:    forced-labor, ghana, native-owned, survivability, peacekeepers, greatly, prosperity, prior, parliament, tribal, leadership, prosperous, economic, producer, arrival, military
     content words:    Ivory Coast, Cote D'Ivoire, Enter Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Felix Houphouet-Boigny, When Houphouet-Boigny


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Cote d'Ivoire - History
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     On the west coast of Africa is a truly different country from its neighbors. At a time when hardships were common in west Africa, this country prospered. Through the hard work of its citizens, their survivability and plain luck, Cote d'Ivoire, or the Ivory Coast, is home to so much of west Africa's prosperity.
 
2     Cote D'Ivoire is located in west Africa, on the Atlantic coast. Unfortunately, not much is known about its native people prior to the arrival of European explorers. Most of the country's major ethnic groups arrived in Cote d'Ivoire many years after Europeans first arrived in the 1460s. European explorers came to Africa looking for wealth, which they found. Most of the wealth came from a human form of goods, that is, Europeans made slaves out of Africans. Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire's neighbor, suffered greatly in the slave trade. Cote d'Ivoire, on the other hand, was spared from much of the slave trade's kidnapping. This was because Cote d'Ivoire didn't have many good harbors for European ships.
 
3     The French took a lot of interest in Cote d'Ivoire. In the 1840s, the French convinced natives along the coast to allow French traders in. The French set up businesses and quickly took over the country's economy. The French also used military force to conquer the natives. They fought inland natives for many years. Some fighting went on into the 20th century.

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