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Exploring Africa

Culture Guides: 80+ country-specific guides covering country characteristics, the people, language, culture, etiquette, business protocol, communication styles and much more. Cameroon below.

Cameroon Guide  Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette

Destiny Catalog Websites

Belgium Country Profile

The tiny country of Belgium has been a frequent battlefield in European wars. Since World War II, it has experienced a growing economy and a model democracy. Some believe a linguistic division may one day break up the country. The headquarters for NATO and the European Union, Brussels is a place for international diplomats in a countryside surrounded by coastal dunes, lowlands, forests, and rolling hills. Distinct regional identities are combined in one federal structure. Learn about the government and media.
Topic: Belgium, Brussels (Belgium)   Language: English   Lexile: 1410    News Source


This web site contains a thumbnail sketch of important information about Belgium. Every type of statistic you might need can be found on this site, including information on Belgium's geography (a small map is included), people, government, economy, communications, transportation, and military. It's a great place for students who need reference information about this country to visit.
Topic: Belgium   Language: English   Lexile: 1350      https://www.cia.gov

Background Note: Guinea

The U.S. Department of State offers some background notes on the country of Guinea. These notes have been used to compose a profile of the country that first offers a link to a map of Guinea that points out the embassy and includes more related links. Other facts of interest are the country's geography, people, government, economy, history, defense, travel and business, foreign relations, and relations with the United States. Some of these topics can be found twice; once using a list of facts and another time followed by a written explanation. This allows for readers to access quick facts or read for more content.
Topic: Guinea, French-speaking West Africa   Language: English   Lexile: 1460    http://www.state.gov

Background Note: Central African Republic

In 1885, Europeans from France, Germany, and Belgium arrived in a region of Africa to settle. The Oubangui-Chari territory eventually became a French territory. A country profile of Central African Republic provides you with a short history on this African country. You will learn about the country's geography, it's people, its government, and its economy. A section on Central African Republic's military structure, foreign relations, and diplomatic relations with the United States is also included on this U.S. Department of State Web site on Central African Republic.
Topic: Central African Republic, French-speaking West Africa   Language: English   Lexile: 1380
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Senegal: People & Culture

Learn about the people and the culture of Senegal by visiting the Africa Guide web site. You will find out about the major ethnic groups of this western African country. There is a section on languages in which you can learn some common phrases in French, the official language, as well as in Wolof, one of the native dialects. This site includes authentic Senegalese recipes, information on the music of Senegal and its musical instruments, and links to tourist information.
Topic: Senegal, French-speaking West Africa Language: English Lexile: 1270 http://www.africaguide.com

Background Note: Mali

With a per capita gross domestic product of $470, Mali is among the world's ten poorest countries. It is not a nation, however, without promise: It possesses potential in the form of mining, agriculture, and livestock. One of eight nations that were once French West Africa, Mali secured its independence from France in 1960, although it inherited its legal system from France. Learn this and more through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of African Affairs, background note--an excellent introduction to the geography, economy, people, culture, and history of Mali.
Topic: Mali, French-speaking West Africa Language: English Lexile: 1420 http://www.state.gov Add to this List

Cote d'Ivoire - Ivory Coast
One of the more comprehensive resources on Cote d'Ivoire, this site contains close to one hundred sources. This is an incredible amount of available sites to search for interesting and credible facts. Each source listed also contains a description of the site's contents, and most also serve as links to that appropriate site. Besides serving as a guide to relevant sites this page also leads to sites that contain additional links to even more information on Cote d'Ivoire.
Topic: Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)   Language: English   Lexile: 1360  http://library.stanford.edu

French Canadian Nationalism

Learn about the roots of French Canadian nationalism from the Canadian Encyclopedia web site. The French settlers in Canada have traditionally tried to live as a distinct cultural community, which has had political, economic, and social ramifications for the entire country. You will find out about the beginnings of French Canadian nationalism and how it has evolved over the last two hundred years. You will read about various political movements and economic initiatives that French Canadians have initiated to preserve their rights and culture.
Topic: French Canadians, Nationalism   Language: English, French Lexile: 1460  http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca