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Ivory Coast
     

Ivory Coast

by William Mark Habeeb
 

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The name of the Ivory Coast (also known as Cote d'Ivoire) comes from its history; at one time, Europeans came to the region to hunt elephants for their valuable ivory. Today, the people of Ivory Coast are careful to preserve their country's ecology, which is rich in rare plants and wildlife. During the 1970s, the Ivory Coast was one of the wealthiest African countries

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The name of the Ivory Coast (also known as Cote d'Ivoire) comes from its history; at one time, Europeans came to the region to hunt elephants for their valuable ivory. Today, the people of Ivory Coast are careful to preserve their country's ecology, which is rich in rare plants and wildlife. During the 1970s, the Ivory Coast was one of the wealthiest African countries, but in recent years the country's economy has suffered because it is subject to fluctuating market prices for its most important exports, such as cocoa and coffee. Although Ivory Coast was long considered one of the most stable states in West Africa, since 1999 it has been beset by internal political tensions. Like many African countries, the leaders of Ivory Coast must figure out how to create a fair and equitable society composed of citizens from various ethnic groups and religions.

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Children's Literature - Magi Evans
Named for its exports of ivory to Europeans in the seventeenth century, Ivory Coast has one of the richest bio-diversities in the world, including over five hundred species of birds. Like most African countries, Ivory Coast was once under European colonial authority, in this case that of France. Granting of independence in 1960 was followed by periods of economic growth and decline, and much political strife and civil war, until U.N. peacekeeping troops were brought in to stop the violence. Today’s government still struggles to keep the peace among so many native factions. Ivory Coast produces and exports more cocoa and coffee than any other African country, and nearly seventy percent of its population works in agriculture. Its economy is therefore subject to both weather conditions and fluctuations in world commodity prices. Ivoirians are world renowned for their carved wooden masks. Ivory Coast has also produced many famous writers and musicians. Its capital city is home to the largest Christian church in the world, the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. The author incorporates these facts and many others into the book’s chapters on geography, history, economy, government, and culture, with vocabulary appropriate to the intended age group. The book contains the standard nonfiction features of table of contents, index, glossary, and list of additional resources. Also included are recipes, a list of national festivals, a timeline, and ideas for projects and reports. Recommended for middle and high school, as well as public libraries. Part of the “Evolution of Africa’s Major Nations” series. Reviewer: Magi Evans; Ages 12 up.

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ISBN-13:
9781422294376
Publisher:
Mason Crest
Publication date:
09/02/2014
Series:
Evolution of Africa's Major Nations Series
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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