National Geographic : 1947 Feb
Carefree People of the Cameroons Pierre Ichac A King's Wives, Who Refuse to Share a Palace, Live in Identical Mud Apartments In tropic Africa lie the Cameroons, a name derived from the shrimp (camaroes) caught in coastal waters by the Portuguese discoverers. A former German colony, the Cameroons are divided into British and French mandates. Some 2,500,000 natives live under the French. In general, those in the north are Moslems; those in the south, Christians. A stubborn few, called Kirdis by the Mohammedans, cling to paganism. The Bamileke, who own this village in the southwest, worship idols. They call this compound the "King Place."