Talk:French Cameroons

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Not Cameroons[edit]

The title (French Cameroons) and the introductory sentence are incorrect. There was no French Cameroons. There was Cameroun which was a French possession. No part of the former French possession of Cameroun became part of Nigeria. The complete passage gets it right, but conflicts with the title and the introductory sentence.

The title is correct. The Portuguese, English, and original French name were Cameroes/Cameroons/Camerouns, a plural of the shrimp not the region administered. When the French took over German Kamerun, they kept the singular but British usage did not. — LlywelynII 00:07, 6 October 2011 (UTC)
In fact, most current English-language academic literature refers to the former colonies that make up the current nation as "French Cameroon" -- the plural in "the British Cameroons" is related not to river crustaceans, but to the fact that there were actually two territories that made up the British sector and just one contiguous territorial space that made up the French. Referring to the "French Cameroons" with the plural looks dated and inaccurate; many scholars of the British sector are even increasingly using the singular to refer to the anglo portion. It should be changed once the whole merging issue is sorted.

--Behemothing (talk) 00:54, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Merge from Cameroun[edit]

The current article at Cameroun, while filled with numerous errors, covers the same material as this page.

Merge, then replace Cameroun namespace with a redirect to Cameroon, a modern French-speaking nation whose endonym is Cameroun.

NB: I'm assuming the formerly common English way to refer to the French colony is "French Cameroons": if that's changed to "French Cameroun" or "French Cameroon", we should merge and then move the page appropriately. — LlywelynII 00:20, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

The competing articles about the same entity are very confusing. Has any decision been made on this front? If not, I might just take a go at merging them myself, even though I have never done that before. In keeping with the standars of other articles about colonial or currently-non-existent territorial entities, it makes sense to have an article about the colony (Cameroun française/French Cameroon) that is distinct from the article about the current nation of Cameroon, particularly since the British and French examples are very distinct. Behemothing (talk) 00:43, 5 February 2013 (UTC)