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Gambia
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The West African Republic of Gambia was a British colony until 1965, when it gained its independence (Colonialism). As a country, it is one of the smallest in population, one of the most artificial colonial creations, and among the least developed countries in Africa. It consists of a strip of land on both sides of the Gambia River, 320 km. (200 mi.) long but never more than 45 km. (30 mi.) wide.

As a political entity, Gambia has roots going back to the medieval empire of Mali, of which it formed the extreme western point. Records attesting to its history reach …

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Jenkins, Paul and Sanneh, Lamin, “Gambia”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G10>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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