Central African Republic: Location, History, Size, Population, & Government

About the location, history, size, population, and government in the country of Central African Republic.



Location--In Central Africa, landlocked. To the north, Chad; to the northeast, the Sudan; to the south, Zaire and Congo; to the west, Cameroon.

How Created--The borders of the Central African Republic were originally the arbitrary lines which defined the French colony of Ubangi-Shari, explored in 1900 by Emil Gentil.

Size--240,377 sq. mi. (622,557 sq. km.). Slightly smaller than Texas.

Population--1.7 million: 80 different ethnic groups including the Banda, Baya-Mandjia, and various Ubangi tribes. 60% Animist, 20% Roman Catholic, 15% other Christian, 5% Muslim.

Who Rules--The military, under the leadership of Gen. Jean-Bedel Bokassa, Premier and President for Life of the Central African Republic.

Who REALLY Rules--The Central African Republic is dependent upon France for her market: France buys 50% of CAR's exports, and supplies the nation with 58% of her imports. Treaties of financial and technical aid with France keep CAR afloat. In 1965 CAR began to accept loans from China and other communist countries.

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