Djibouti is a small country in the northeastern part of Africa. The
country got its name for its one and only'big city', Djibouti.
According to Encarta Djibouti was and area where, many years ago
(100,000), people begin to migrate over to the Middle East. Anyway,
Encarta goes on about some kingdoms and how Islam was introduced to the
country and eventually it gets to something relevant to this class… It says
that in the second half of the 16th century Europeans begin trading coffee and
perfumes with the sultanates of Djibouti.
France wanted to challenge Britain with trading so they made a bunch
of treaties with some rulers of Djibouti and basically got control of the
country. This seems pretty simple, but this is the way Encarta says it
happened. Anyway France chose Djibouti, as in the city, because it would be
a good place to have a railroad, it would link with Addis Ababa. By 1917
France had made the railroad. Large amounts of people began to migrate to
In 1946 France made Djibouti its own and called it French
Somaliland. Djiboutians voted to remain under French administration, ten
years later, however, Djiboutians voted for independence. The Republic of
Djibouti achieved full independence on June 27, 1977.
Djibouti has an area of 23,200 sq km (8,960 sq mi). It extends 190 km
(120 mi) from north to south and 225 km (140 mi) from east to west. The
country’s highest point, Moussa Ali (2,063 m/6,768 ft), is on the northern
border, just where Ethiopian and Eritrean boundaries meet. Lake ‘Asal is the
lowest point in Africa at 153 m (502 ft) below sea level.
According to Encarta Djibouti has potential for generating geothermal
energy and producing various minerals like gypsum. Most of the country is