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The Republic of The Gambia: Introductory Note

Satang Nabaneh
Edited By: Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa

© 2017 Oxford University Press
The Gambia undoubtedly ranked, for many years, as one of the most valuable yet interesting of the British colonies. The River Gambia, which is one of the most navigable waterways, was used from the mid-1400s by Europeans engaged in trade with the inhabitants around its banks, mostly trading in slaves. Over the years it attracted interest from many European countries. 1 The founding of the island of Bathurst (Banjul) in 1816, nine years after the abolition of the slave trade, marked the beginning of British settlement and subsequent control of the entire territory...
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