Soustelle, Jacques
July 1959
Foreign Affairs;Jul1959, Vol. 37 Issue 4, p626
Academic Journal
This article discusses the geography and economy of Sahara. The Sahara, comparable in size to the United States, is essentially a land of minerals. Plants, animals and men, all live there artificially. The vast spaces, the heat, the lack of water and vegetation have combined over the centuries to make it a desert and a virtually impassable obstacle dividing Mediterranean civilizations from the people of Black Africa. The greater part of the Sahara belongs to the French Community and is divided into two departments, directly connected to France, and four new states: the Republic of Chad, the Republic of Niger, the Republic of Sudan and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. The first technical problem to be confronted, once petroleum and gas have been discovered, is obviously how to transport them to the market. And here an official of the French Government can take pride in the fact that French technology has broken all records. However, maximum development of Algerian industries will by no means absorb all of the resources from the Sahara.


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