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Cameroon - Douala - Arrival of the fish catch for market

Cameroon - Douala - Arrival of the fish catch for market on the banks of the Wouri River. Now the richest city in Central Africa. France received a mandate in 1919 to administer Douala, with a treaty being signed with the local chiefs. Date: circa 1920s

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© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection

Administration Arrival Cameroon Catch Disembarking Douala Fishermen Quayside Riverbank Unloading


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This print captures the bustling scene of Douala, Cameroon in the 1920s. The image showcases the vibrant arrival of a bountiful fish catch on the banks of the majestic Wouri River. As fishermen diligently unload their precious cargo, one can almost feel the energy and excitement that permeates through this thriving market. Douala, once under French administration following a treaty signed with local chiefs in 1919, had become Central Africa's most prosperous city by this time. Its strategic location as a port made it an essential hub for trade and commerce. This historical photograph offers us a glimpse into its colonial past and highlights France's mandate to administer Douala during this era. The significance of fishing to both sustenance and economic growth is evident in this snapshot. The hardworking fishermen play a vital role in providing fresh seafood to nourish local communities while also contributing to regional trade networks. Their tireless efforts ensure that Douala remains at the forefront of prosperity within Central Africa. As we observe these men unloading their precious cargo on the quayside, we are reminded of how history shapes our present-day reality. This evocative image serves as a testament to Cameroon's rich cultural heritage and its enduring connection with its natural resources.

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