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♫ Cote d'Ivoire National Anthem ♫

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Uploaded on Feb 15, 2010

During Medieval times, the region that is now Côte dIvoire was at the centre of several major African trade routes, linking the empires which then existed in Ghana and Mali. European traders had been present in the region since the 15th century, but it was not until the 19th that the French undertook a determined penetration of the region.

The territory was later incorporated into French West Africa until it was granted independence in August 1960. The leadership of the country was taken over by Félix Houphouët-Boigny, a quirkily effective politician who dominated the countrys political life for the next 30 years. Houphouët-Boigny retained close links with the West especially France, but also apartheid South Africa.

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