The Peaceful Devolution of Authority: Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Raymond F. Betts
Part of the The Making of 20th Century book series


One of the most famous of children’s stories is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, a whimsical account of a little boy from a far-away asteroid who happens into the Sahara Desert, where the stranded author encounters him. Saint-Exupéry was there, both in fact and fiction, as an airline pilot delivering mail for the Latocère air service that maintained a regular, if frequently disrupted, service between Toulouse, France and Dakar, Senegal, in the interwar period. Saint-Exupéry’s story emerges from one of the occasions of motor failure that he endured and as he waited in the desert for a relief plane.


Ivory Coast Sahara Desert French Colonial Airline Pilot Universal Suffrage 
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© Raymond F. Betts 1991

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