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Encyclopedia > Upper Volta
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Map showing the Volta river in Upper Volta
Map showing the Volta river in Upper Volta

Upper Volta (French: Haute-Volta) was the name of the African country now called Burkina Faso. General info: Large flag of Upper Volta Dimensions: 453x302 pixels Source: Image originally derived from the public domain License: originally public domain, modifications under GFDL Most of the flags have had their colours improved and many have been resized to the proper ratios. ... Flag of Upper Volta Flag Ratio: 2:3 The flag of Upper Volta is a horizontal tricolour of black, white and red which derive from the three main rivers: The Black Volta, White Volta and the Red Volta. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x697, 1362 KB) Summary Map showing Upper volta and the red black and white volta rivers The satellite image is a public domain image from NASA world wind, the other details were added on in Corel Painter IX. Licensing File links... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x697, 1362 KB) Summary Map showing Upper volta and the red black and white volta rivers The satellite image is a public domain image from NASA world wind, the other details were added on in Corel Painter IX. Licensing File links... A world map showing the continent of Africa. ...


The name change occurred on August 4, 1984, instigated by Thomas Sankara, the leader of the country at that time. The old name indicates that the country contains the upper part of the river Volta. The river is divided into three parts, called the Black Volta, White Volta and Red Volta. The colors of the national flag correspond to the parts of the river. Geographical renaming is the act of changing the name of a geographical feature or area. ... August 4 is the 216th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (217th in leap years), with 149 days remaining. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Thomas Sankara Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara (born December 21, 1949 in Yako – died October 15, 1987 in Ouagadougou) was the leader of Burkina Faso (formerly known as Upper Volta) from 1983 to 1987. ... The Adome bridge crosses the Volta river south of the Akosombo Dam The Volta is a river in central and western Africa that drains into the Gulf of Guinea. ... Black Volta shown in black Black Volta or Mouhoun is a river of western Africa rising in western Burkina Faso and flowing about 1,352 km (840 mi) to the White Volta in Ghana. ... White Volta shown in white The White Volta, also known as the Nakambe River, is the headstream of the Volta River in West Africa. ... The Red Volta is a river in Burkina Faso. ...


The French colony of Upper Volta was established on March 1, 1919 with its current boundaries from what had been administered as part of Côte d'Ivoire colony. However, on September 5, 1932, Upper Volta was broken apart, with parts being administered by the colonies of Côte d’Ivoire, French Sudan (present day Mali), and Niger. The colony was revived with the previous boundaries on September 4, 1947. On December 11, 1958, it achieved self-government; it became a republic and member of the Franco-African Community (La Communauté Franco-Africaine). Full independence was attained on August 5, 1960. March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years). ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... French Sudan (Fr. ... September 4 is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years). ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... December 11 is the 345th day (346th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 5 is the 217th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (218th in leap years), with 148 days remaining. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...


See also: History of Burkina Faso Children of the 1983-1987 revolution Until the end of the 19th century, the history of Burkina Faso was dominated by the empire-building Mossi, who are believed to have come up to their present location from Northern Ghana, (where there exists the ethnically related Dagomba group). ...


Trivia

  • The phrase "Upper Volta with rockets," was used to describe the Soviet Union (in quotes, but with no attribution) in a survey on the Soviet economy in The Economist on April 9, 1988. According to Perry Anderson, London Review of Books, Vol 29, No.2, 25 Jan 2007, the phrase was popular among foreign diplomats in the 1970s. He suggests the modern Russia might be "Saudi Arabia with Rockets".

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Upper Volta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (344 words)
The French colony of Upper Volta was established on March 1, 1919 with its current boundaries from what had been administered as part of Côte d'Ivoire colony.
However, on September 5, 1932, Upper Volta was broken apart, with parts being administered by the colonies of Côte d’Ivoire, French Sudan (present day Mali), and Niger.
The colony was revived with the previous boundaries on September 4, 1947.
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