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How Gambia got its name and who colonised them

Gambia is a country in West Africa. It's the smallest country in mainland Africa, making it even smaller than Yorkshire! The Gambia is a long strip of land that follows the course of the River Gambia, and is situated on Africa's west coast, bordered on either side by Senegal. It's incredibly narrow, measuring less than 30 miles wide at its widest!

The country is known for the beaches along its small Atlantic coastline and for being home to Jufureh (Juffure), the reputed ancestral village of Kunta Kinte, the main character in Alex Haley's well-known novel Roots.

Here's just a small selection of reasons why we love the smiling coast of West Africa, and exactly why you should visit The Gambia. Superb climate, friendly locals, quiet beach resorts and diverse wildlife are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the reasoning behind holidays to The Gambia.

The Gambia is stable and peaceful country There is no war and most of Gambians are friendly and hospitable people. Freedom and peace are also mentioned in their national anthem. It is very important for all the nation.

Aside from its welcoming people, the nickname, 'The Smiling Coast' was also inspired by the country's location on the map of Africa The Gambia cuts through the middle of Senegal and its position appears like that of a smile on the map of the continent, greeting those who make their way up the River Gambia. They eat foods like Baobab Juice, Benachin, Domoda, Okra Stew, Palm wine, Tapalapa, Ankara, Afara, etc.

With all these special qualities have you asked yourself how it came to have its name. Please stay with me as I tell you how Gambia got its name.


The Portuguese who first explored the country named it after the river known as 'The River Gambia. ' The Portuguese thus named it 'The Gambia. ' [In Portuguese A Gâmbia] So when Britain took over, they maintained that name.

For many years the official name was 'Gambia', derived from the Mandinka language, the largest ethnic group in The Gambia. Since then 'The Gambia' is now officially the name of the country. The Gambia gained independence on February 18, 1965.


Gambia is a good place to visit.


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