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British Togoland
Mandate of the United Kingdom



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Capital Ho
Language(s) English
Political structure League of Nations Mandate
Historical era World War I
 - Occupation 27 August 1914
 - Togoland partitioned 27 December 1916 1916
 - League of Nations mandate 20 July 1922
 - Integration with Gold Coast 13 December 1956 1956
 - Independence as Ghana 6 March 1957
British Togoland shown in pale green

British Togoland was a League of Nations Class B mandate in Africa, formed by the splitting of German protectorate Togoland into French Togoland and British Togoland. Its capital was Ho.



The territory of British Togoland was first formed after a partition of Togoland on 27 December 1916, during World War I. British and French forces already occupied Togoland. After the war, on 20 July 1922, the League of Nations gave its mandate to formally transfer control of British Togoland to the United Kingdom.

UN Mandate

After World War II, the mandate became a UN trust territory administered by the United Kingdom. During the mandate and trusteeship periods, British Togoland was administered as part of the adjoining territory of the Gold Coast, under the name of Trans-Volta Togo (TVT).[1]

Joining Ghana

In 1954, the British government informed the UN that it would be unable to administer the Trust Territory after Ghanaian independence. In response, in December 1955, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution advising the British government to hold a plebiscite on the future of British Togoland. On 9 May 1956, this election was held under UN supervision, and 58% of registered voters opted for formal integration into an independent Gold Coast.[2] On 13 December 1956, this unification was put into effect, creating a single entity that became the new independent nation of Ghana on 6 March of the following year.




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