Africa: Casebook of Success

In a decade of fiery anticolonialism, nearly every European colonial power has felt the sting of Black Africa's invective. One unlikely exception is General Francisco Franco's Spain, which still presides over a small African colonial empire of 120,000 sq. mi. and 1,400,000 people. Spain's African provinces—Spanish Sahara, Spanish Guinea, the Canary Islands and three scattered coastal outposts—stand out as a rare casebook of how to win friends and create prosperity on a violently turbulent continent. Now Spain is preparing to grant independence by July 15 to the most prosperous and politically...

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