A History of the Gambia

A History of the Gambia

A History of the Gambia

A History of the Gambia

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There must be a greater justification for any history, than the subjective needs of the author to externalize. This becomes even more true when the area under consideration is small, little known, and fated to remain a non-influential curiosity piece among the new nations of Africa. The major reason for writing the history of the Gambia was the need for a more comprehensive treatment which focused upon the modern period. The most significant book concerning the Senegambia was Sir John Gray's History of the Gambia published in 1940. Admirable as was the scholarship displayed, the work dealt in only a cursory manner with the period after 1889. The printing was so restricted that the book has become a rare item and very difficult for even the largest libraries to obtain. Other books that focused upon the Gambia are either modified travellers' accounts or are outdated.

Thus a vacuum does exist in our knowledge of the Gambia. It is my hope that this work will partially fill this gap in our knowledge, primarily because the Gambia is an important area for an understanding of the extension of Europe into Africa. The Senegambia region was one of the first discovered by Europeans, and remained for centuries an important area for trade. European wars were reflected in Africa by the clash of the great powers over trading rights on the great river. In the nineteenth century one can trace the reluctant change in French and British colonial policy by observing their attitudes toward the Senegambia. France, which first changed from trading im-

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