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Cameroon assumed its present form in 1961, when it
became a federal republic. In 1972 it became a unitary
republic and was renamed in 1984 as the Republic of
Cameroon. Some rudimentary mapping was carried out
before 1916 when it was a German colony, and subsequently
the British, who had a trusteeship of part of the territory
prior to 1961, also undertook some mapping. The
modern mapping of Cameroon is essentially a product of
French survey undertaken after World War II by the Institut
Géographique National (IGN). Progress benefited from the
establishment of an IGN mapping center at Yaoundé in
1959. In 1975 this became the Centre Géographique
National, and in 1993, the current topographic mapping
organization, the Institut National de Cartographie
(INCC), was created.
The country has been covered by a series of 46 one-degree
sheets at 1:200,000 scale. Publication began in 1953 and
was completed in the 1970s. All sheets are in a six-colour
regular edition with 40 m contours. Projection is
UTM, Clarke 1880 ellipsoid. A 1:50,000 scale mapping programme also began
in the 1950s and new sheets continued to be issued until
the late 1970s. These quarter-degree sheets are in four
colours with 20 m interval contours and are also on the UTM
projection. Of a projected 667 sheets, 242 have been
published. In the area bordering Lake Chad, some photomap
sheets at this scale were also produced by the British
Directorate of Overseas Surveys for the Lake Chad Basin
Commission (LCBC/CBLT). A 1:500,000 scale cover of
Cameroon was published between 1963 and 1976 using
sheet lines modified from the standard IMW format.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Cameroon exists at the following scales: 1:1 000 000 (6 sheets, complete coverage, published 1983-1987);
1:500 000 (18 sheets, complete coverage, published 1962-1985); 1:200 000 (78 sheets, complete coverage, published 1979-1982) and city (1:10,000 to 1:25,000) topographic maps of
Luanda, Ndjamena and Yaounde published between 1976 and 1980. These products are available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.