From the 11th to the 16th century, various tribes entered the region from all directions. From the 16th century to the 18th century, the coastal region was a major trading centre for Europeans in search of slaves, earning Togo and the surrounding region the name "The Slave Coast". In 1884, Germany declared Togoland a protectorate. After WW I, rule over Togo was transferred to France.Togo gained its independence from France in 1960.
Thanks to wikipedia for info, and Joseph for nice postcard and stamps too! :)