West Africa Study Circle

Cameroun

Before the first world war the territory was administered by Germany. It was occupied by the British and French, with some former German protectorate stamps being overprinted for brief use by the Cameroons Expeditionary Force. Stamps of Nigeria were subsequently used in the western British administered section. Postmarks initially showing Nigeria gave way to double rings clearly showing origin in the Cameroons. Under League of Nations mandate the British territory was administered from Nigeria, later as a UN Trust Territory. In 1960, just prior to a plebiscite in 1961 definitive stamps were overprinted Cameroons UUKT; few were circulated in the Northern Provinces and the stamps are catalogued under Southern Cameroons. Following the plebiscite the Southern Province joined the republic of Cameroun while the Northern Provinces formally joined Nigeria.