Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power,
Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is
participating in the general political and economic integration of
Europe. It joined NATO in 1949 and the EEC (now the EU) in 1973.
However, the country has opted out of...
By terms of the 1960 Treaty of Establishment that created the
independent Republic of Cyprus, the UK retained full sovereignty and
jurisdiction over two areas of almost 254 square kilometers – Akrotiri
and Dhekelia. The larger of these is the Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area,
which is also referred to as the Eastern Sovereign...
The French Territory of the Afars and the Issas became Djibouti in
1977. Hassan Gouled APTIDON installed an authoritarian one-party state
and proceeded to serve as president until 1999. Unrest among the Afar
minority during the 1990s led to a civil war that ended in 2001 with a
peace accord between Afar rebels...
Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by
Europeans due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs.
France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island
a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica’s
fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical...
Republic The Taino – indigenous inhabitants of Hispaniola prior to the
arrival of the Europeans – divided the island into five chiefdoms and
territories. Christopher COLUMBUS explored and claimed the island on
his first voyage in 1492; it became a springboard for Spanish conquest
of the Caribbean and the American mainland. In 1697,...
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