chapter  7
Planning in the Cameroons and Togoland
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This chapter focuses on town and country planning in two erstwhile German colonies, namely the Cameroons (Kamerun) and Togoland, that did not constitute part of a distinct colonial administrative region or federation subsequent to World War I. Rather, they became mandated territories of the League of Nations, forerunner to the present-day United Nations. As part of the agreement reached at the conclusion of World War I, Cameroon was divided into two portions of one-fi fth and four-fi fths. The larger portion was placed under the colonial administrative tutelage of France while Britain was granted control over the smaller portion. Thus, we speak of the UN mandate territories of British Cameroons and French Cameroun. I discuss colonial town planning legislation in these countries with a view to showing how such legislation was used by colonial authorities as tools for establishing legitimacy and domination – or what some have called ‘goodwill’ and ‘rule’ (Myers, 2003).