About Chad in Africa
The Republic of Chad is a country in central Africa
. Approximately one-third of the country is in the Sahara Desert. As a result, it is one of Africa's most arid countries. Chad is marred by civil violence and political unrest, making it an undesirable location for pleasure travel.
In 1900, France expanded its colonial empire to include modern-day Chad. Chad gained its independence in 1960.
Chad contains more than 200 different ethnic groups. These ethnic groups tend to identify more with their tribe than their country, and this has led to civil wars and a general lack of national cohesion.
French and Arabic are the predominant languages in Chad. There are more than 100 dialects still in existence in the country.
Some of the world's oldest humanoid remains were found in Chad. Archaelogists discovered a three-million-year-old skull in the northern region of Borkou.
During France's colonization, Chad began growing and harvesting cotton. Chad's main exports are oil, cotton, cattle and gum arabic.
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