TOGO: Second of Seven

In Lome, sweltering capital of what was once the French Togoland, the French tricolor fluttered to the ground for the last time. Then two strapping Togolese soldiers smartly raised the new yellow-and-green-barred emblem of the free and independent republic of Togo as a French man-of-war in the harbor boomed a 101-gun salute and 20,000 Togolese, shouting "ablodé, ablodé" (freedom), snake-danced through the palm-lined streets behind a blaring brass band and native drummers. Thus last week was born the second of seven new African nations, due to join the world family of nations...

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