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DJIBOUTI Djibouti is a small country in the northeastern part of Africa The country got its name for its one and only big city Djibouti Some History According to Encarta Djibouti was and area where many years ago 100000 people begin to migrate over to the Middle East Anyway Encarta goes on about some kingdoms and how Islam was introduced to the country and eventually it gets to something relevant to this class It says that in the second half of the 16th century Europeans begin trading coffee and perfumes with the sultanates of Djibouti France wanted to challenge Britain with trading so they made a bunch of treaties with some rulers of Djibouti and basically got control of the country This seems pretty simple but this is the way Encarta says it happened Anyway France chose Djibouti as in the city because it would be a good place to have a railroad it would link with Addis Ababa By 1917 France had made the railroad Large amounts of people began to migrate to Djibouti in search of a job In 1946 France made Djibouti its own and called it French Somaliland Djiboutians voted to remain under French administration ten years later however Djiboutians voted for independence The Republic of Djibouti achieved full independence on June 27 1977 Information on the Land Djibouti has an area of 23200 sq km 8960 sq mi It extends 190 km 120 mi from north to south and 225 km 140 mi from east to west The countrys highest point Moussa Ali 2063 m6768 ft is on the northern border just where Ethiopian and Eritrean boundaries meet Lake Asal is the lowest
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