• Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Neolithic settlements at Shum Laka and Abeke date from between 5000 and 4000 BC. From 500 BC Bantu-speaking farmers originating in central Cameroon migrated to the east and south and, over the next 2,000 years, dispersed across the African continent. The Sao civilization developed in the far north, close to Lake Chad, from around 600 AD. It developed ties with the Kanem kingdom, which for a time controlled trans-Saharan trade.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Further Reading

  1. Ardener, E., Kingdom on Mount Cameroon: Studies in the History of the Cameroon Coast 1500–1970. 1996Google Scholar
  2. Gros, Jean-Germain, Cameroon: Politics and Society in Critical Perspective. 2003Google Scholar
  3. National Statistical Office: Institut National de la Statistique du Cameroun, Ministère de l’Economie, de la Planification et de l’Aménagement du Territoire, Yaoundé.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry Turner

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations