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British Togoland was a League of Nations Class B mandate in Africa, formed by the splitting of Germanmarker protectorate Togoland into French Togoland and British Togoland. Its capital was Homarker.


The territory of British Togoland was first formed after a partition of Togoland on 27 December 1916, during World War I. Britishmarker and Frenchmarker forces already occupied Togoland. After the war, on 20 July 1922, the League of Nations gave its mandate to formally transfer control of British Togoland to the United Kingdom.

UN Mandate

After World War II, the mandate became a UN trust territory administered by the United Kingdom. During the mandate and trusteeship periods, British Togoland was administered as part of the adjoining territory of the Gold Coast, under the name of Trans-Volta Togo (TVT).

Joining Ghana

In 1954, the British government informed the UN that it would be unable to administer the Trust Territory after Ghanaianmarker independence. In response, in December 1955, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution advising the British government to hold a plebiscite on the future of British Togoland. On 9 May 1956, this election was held under UN supervision, and 58% of registered voters opted for formal integration into an independent Gold Coast. On 13 December 1956, this unification was put into effect, creating a single entity that became the new independent nation of Ghanamarker on 6 March of the following year.


  1. Ghana Districts: "Volta Region"
  2. Ghana National Reconciliation Commission: "The Historical Context" (pdf)

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