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British Somaliland


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Former British protectorate near the mouth of the Red Sea. In 1884, during the 19th‐cent. partition of Africa by European powers, Britain declared a protectorate over part of Somali territory. In the Second World War British troops occupied the neighbouring Somali territory, previously controlled by Italy, and in 1960 the two former dependencies were united to create the independent state of Somalia.

Subjects: British History.


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