20 May 1896 - 5th July 1967
French colony, then overseas territory
Where: Eastern Africa
Independent nation - Djibouti
- France first acquired a settlement at Obock in 1858, and by the
1880s had established a number of protectorates and territories in the
- On 20th May 1896, these French posessions were united to become French Somaliland.
- Between 1942 and 1946, the territory was occupied by Britain.
- On 27th October 1946, French Somaliland became a French overseas
territory, and in September 1958 it gained autonomy as an overseas
territorial member of the French Community.
- On 5th July 1967, the territory's name changed to the French Territory of Afars & Issas.
- Today French Somaliland is the independent nation of Djibouti.