The Gambia

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


The Gambia was discovered by the early Portuguese navigators, but they did not settle. During the 17th century companies of merchants obtained trading charters and established a settlement on the river, which, from 1807, was controlled from Sierra Leone. The Gambia became an independent member of the Commonwealth on 18 Feb. 1965 and a republic within the Commonwealth on 24 April 1970.


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Further Reading

  1. Hughes, A. and Perfect, D., Political History of The Gambia, 1816–1992. Farnborough, 1993Google Scholar

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