The Gambia

Republic of The Gambia
  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Key Historical Events. 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 delimited only 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. The Gambia became a republic within the Commonwealth on 24 April 1970. The Gambia with Senegal formed the Confederation of Senegambia on 1 Feb. 1982; this was officially dissolved on 21 Sept. 1989.


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Further Reading

  1. The Gambia since Independence 1965–1980. Banjul, 1980Google Scholar
  2. Gamble, D. P., The Gambia. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1988Google Scholar
  3. Hughes, A. and Perfect, D., Political History of The Gambia. 1816–1992. Farnborough, 1993Google Scholar

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