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Cameroon, republic in western Africa, bounded on the north by Lake Chad; on the east by Chad and the Central African Republic; on the south by the Republic of the Congo, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea; and on the west by the Bight of Biafra (an arm of the Atlantic Ocean) and Nigeria. The country is shaped like an elongated triangle, and forms a bridge between West Africa and Central Africa. The country has a total area of 475,442 sq km (183,569 sq mi). Yaounde is the capital, and Douala is the largest city.



Azevedo, Mario, ed. Cameroon and Chad in Historical and Contemporary Settings. Edwin Mellen, 1988. Introductory text with informative presentation.

Delancey, Mark D. Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Cameroon. 3rd ed. Scarecrow, 2000. Provides up-to-date coverage of Cameroon's progress, with extensive contextual information on Cameroon's past.

Hathaway, Jim. Cameroon in Pictures. Lerner, 1999. An introduction to the people and culture of this coastal African country. For younger readers.

Murphy, Dervla. Cameroon with Egbert. Overlook, 1990, 1992. Travel-adventure set in the remote highlands of Cameroon.

Schatzberg, Michael G., and I. William Zartman. Political Economy of Cameroon. Greenwood, 1986.


Microsoft Encarta 2009. 1993-2008 Microsoft Corporation.

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