• John Paxton
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. First colonized by France in the mid-19th century, Gabon was annexed to French Congo in 1890 and became a separate colony in 1910 as one of the 4 territories of French Equatorial Africa. It became an autonomous republic within the French Community in 1958 and achieved independence on 17 Aug. 1960. The first President, Leon M’ba, died in 1967 and was succeeded on 2 Dec. by his Vice-President, Albert-Bernard (now Omar) Bongo.

République Gabonaise


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Books of Reference

  1. Lasserre, G., Libreville, la ville et sa région. Paris, 1958Google Scholar
  2. Remy, M., Gabon Today. Paris, 1977Google Scholar
  3. Thiery, Y., and Delarozière, R., Carte ethnique du Gabon. Paris, 1945Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1982

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