Independence Day Of Congo > August 15

WAELE AFRICA Foundation Wishes to congratulate the government and people of Republic of Congo on the occasion of her National Day and 62 independence. We wish your country and all its people happiness, continued success and prosperity. 

August 15 is National Day in the Republic of the Congo. It commemorates the independence of the Republic of the Congo from France in 1960. 

The Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo Republic or Congo-Brazzaville, is located in Central Africa. The first European explorers to reach the territory were the Portuguese in the late 15thcentury. 

However, direct colonization of the area began in the late 19th century. In 1880, France established a protectorate over the area north of the Congo River. 

In 1892, it was formally established as the colony of French Congo. In 1903, it was renamed Middle Congo. In 1910, the colony became part of French Equatorial Africa. 

During WWII, French Equatorial Africa supported the French government-in-exile led by Charles de Gaulle, and Brazzaville became a symbolic capital the Free France.

The Brazzaville Conference of 1944brought changes to the colonial system, granting the coloniessemi-automony and giving citizens of the colonies equal rights with the French citizens. 

In 1958, French Equatorial Africa dissolved. Middle Congo was renamed the Republic of the Congo and became an autonomous republic within the French Community. On August 15, 1960, it received full independence from France.   

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