12 Things You Didn’t Know About The Gambia And Its Struggle For Independence

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Written by Becca Blond

The Gambia, surrounded almost entirely by Senegal and defined by a river but with a small strip of its own coastline, is mainland Africa’s smallest country. A former Portuguese empire, The Gambia was squabbled over by France and Britain before finally gaining independence from Britain on Feb. 18, 1965, after centuries of British rule. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about The Gambia and its struggle for independence.

Sources: Access Gambia, BBC News,