Kenya Colony

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Colony and Protectorate of Kenya
1920–1963
Flag of Kenya
Anthem: God Save the King (1920–1952)
God Save the Queen (1952–1963)
Map of British East Africa in 1909
Map of British East Africa in 1909
StatusBritish colony
CapitalNairobi
Common languagesEnglish (official)
Swahili, Kikuyu, Kamba, Luhya, Luo, Gusii, Meru, Nandi–Markweta also spoken
GovernmentColonial administration
Monarch 
• 1920–1936
George V
• 1936
Edward VIII
• 1936–1952
George VI
• 1952–1963
Elizabeth II
Commissioner or Governor 
• 1920–1922 (first)
Maj-Gen Sir Edward Northey
• 1937–1939
ACM Sir Robert Brooke-Popham
• 1963 (last)
Malcolm MacDonald
LegislatureLegislative council
History 
• Established
11 June 1920 (Colony)
13 August 1920 (Protectorate)[1] 1920
• Independent as Kenya
12 December 1963
Area
1924[2]639,200 km2 (246,800 sq mi)
Population
• 1924[2]
2,807,000
• 1955[3]
6,979,931
• 1960[3]
8,105,440
CurrencyEast African shilling
ISO 3166 codeKE
Preceded by
Succeeded by
East Africa Protectorate
Dominion of Kenya
Today part ofKenya
Somalia

The Colony and Protectorate of Kenya, commonly known as British Kenya, was part of the British Empire in Africa. It was created when the former East Africa Protectorate was transformed into a British Crown colony in 1920.

References[change | change source]

  1. Kenya Protectorate Order in Council, 1920 and dated 13 August 1920
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The British Empire in 1924". The British Empire. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Kenya Population". Worldometers. Retrieved 23 July 2018.