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Dschang began in 1895, when it was invaded by a German military mission. In 1909, the city replaced Fontem as the capital of a Germany military district. The region where Dschang now exists was then not the place of any major settlement but, instead, was an area that two bordering chiefdoms fought over. The name Dschang translates to “dispute” in the local language.

Following Germany’s defeat in World War I, Cameroon became a British possession in 1917. The country was subsequently handed over to the French in 1920, who declared Dschang to be the capital of West Province, and developed the city’s vacation resort in the 1940s. This resort now forms the basis of Dschang’s plans to promote the city as a tourist destination.

Due to its high elevation of over 1400 m,[2] Dschang is favoured by relatively cool temperatures and attractive scenery. It is therefore regarded as a mountain tourist resort. Since colonial times, it has been an important agricultural center. Pig production plays a major role.

Deposits of the aluminum-bearing ore bauxite have been discovered nearby;[3][4] however, a lack of infrastructure has prevented full-scale mining operations to date.

The town is reached by year-round trafficable dust roads or asphalt roads. There are bus connections to Bafoussam and Yaoundé. There is also an airstrip.[5]

Coordinates5°27′N 10°04′E

Higher education

Since 1993, Dschang has a university with faculties for Agricultural Sciences; Economic Sciences and Business Management; Humanities; Law and Political Sciences; and Sciences. The Faculty for Agricultural Sciences, has been the first faculty and the university continues to be very strong in this thematic area.


View of some buildings of the Civilizations Museum in Dschang, Cameroon

The population of Dschang mainly speaks Yemba language,[6] a Bamileke language.

In early 2011, the Musée des Civilisations du Cameroun à Dschang was inaugurated.[7][8] This museum offers to discover the origin of the Cameroonian people and the diversity of the country’s four large cultural domains via their history, but also their artistic productions, their architectures, and their political and social organizations. Home

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