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Category: Geography (places)
Ref: former name of Burkina Faso.
Up′per Vol′tan(adj.; n.)
Burkina Faso, Upper Volta(noun)
a desperately poor landlocked country in western Africa; was formerly Upper Volta under French rule but gained independence in 1960
Former name of Burkina Faso
Republic of Upper Volta
The Republic of Upper Volta was established on December 11, 1958, as a self-governing colony within the French Community. Before attaining autonomy it had been French Upper Volta and part of the French Union. On August 5, 1960 it attained full independence from France. Thomas Sankara came to power through a military coup d'état on August 4, 1983. After the coup, he formed the National Council for the Revolution, with himself as president. Under the direction of Sankara, the country changed its name on August 4, 1984, from the Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, which means "Land of Incorruptible People". The name Upper Volta indicated that the country contains the upper part of the Volta River. The river is divided into three parts—the Black Volta, White Volta, and Red Volta, which form the colors of the national flag corresponding to parts of the river.
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