When is Mauritania Independence Day?
How long until Independence Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 254 Days.|
Dates of Independence Day
|Mauritania declared its independence from France on 28 November 1960|
Independence Day in Mauritania is a public holiday on 28th November.
It is the National Day of Mauritania and commemorates independence from France on 28 November 1960.
History of Mauritania Independence Day
The Islamic Republic of Mauritania is a country in Northwest Africa. The country derives its name from Berber tribes that migrated to the region from the ancient Berber kingdom of Mauretania.
Mauritania came under French control in the late 19th century as France expanded its influence in the area during the so-called 'scramble for Africa'. France established Mauritania as a colonial territory in 1904, though it wasn't until 1912 that local resistance was fully quelled.
Mauritania was part of French West Africa from 1920, initially as a protectorate and, then becoming a colony.
Like the other French territories in the region, Mauritania became increasingly autonomous after the end of the second world war. It became self-governing in 1958 and on 28 November 1960 it gained full independence from France, with Nouakchott as its capital and Moktar Ould Daddah as the first president.
Did you know?
The flag of Mauritania is one of only two country flags that do not include the colours, red, white or blue. Do you know what the other country is? The answer is here.