Italian Somaliland


Italian Somaliland

geographical name

Definition of ITALIAN SOMALILAND

former Italian colony E Africa bordering on Indian Ocean Mogadishu; since 1960 part of Somalia

Italian Somaliland

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Former Italian colony, eastern Africa. It extended south from Cape Asir to the boundary of Kenya, occupying an area of 178,218 sq mi (461,585 sq km). Italy obtained control of it in 1889 and it was incorporated as a state in Italian East Africa in 1936. Britain invaded in 1941 and retained control until it became a UN trust territory under Italian administration in 1950. In 1960 it was united with British Somaliland to form the independent Republic of Somalia.

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