Originally a German colony, the British and French invaded the colony at the outbreak of World War One and quickly subdued it. They agreed to divide the territory between them. This division was confirmed by a League of Nations Mandate after the war. British Togoland was administered from the neighbouring colony of Gold Coast. In fact, after a 1956 plebiscite, British Togoland was amalgamated with the Gold Coast colony at Independence in 1957.