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Gambia

  • S. H. Steinberg
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)

Abstract

HISTORY. The Gambia was discovered by the early Portuguese navi­gators, but they made no settlement. During the 17th century various companies of merchants obtained trading charters and established a settle­ment on the river, which, from 1807, was controlled from Sierra Leone; in 1843 it was made an independent Crown Colony; in 1866 it formed part of the West African Settlements, but in Dec. 1888 it again became a separate Crown Colony. The boundaries were not delimited until after 1890. The Gambia achieved full internal self-government on 4 Oct. 1963 and became an independent member of the Commonwealth on 18 Feb. 1965.

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Books of Reference

  1. The Gambia Independence Act, 1964 Google Scholar
  2. The Gambia Independence Order, 1965 Google Scholar
  3. Gailey, Jr, H. A., A History of the Gambia. London, 1964Google Scholar
  4. Gamble, D. F., The Wolof of Senegambia. London, 1957Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1967

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. H. Steinberg
    • 1
  1. 1.The Royal Historical SocietyUSA

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