The Gambia, officially the Republic of The Gambia, is a country in Western Africa. It is the smallest country on the African continental mainland and is bordered to the north, east, and south by Senegal, and has a small coastline onto the Atlantic Ocean in the west. The River Gambia flows through the centre of the country and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. On 18 February 1965, The Gambia became independent from the British Empire. Banjul is its capital.
- The Gambia was the first and last British colony in West Africa.
- 1977 Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley for Roots: The Saga of an
American Family traced his family back to Kunta Kinte, enslaved
from the village of Juffure in the north bank of The Gambia.
- En route to Casablanca for a conference and then to Liberia, U.S.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first serving U.S.
president to visit the African continent when he stopped in Banjul in
- The Gambia was a transit point for the German airline Lufthansa’s
transatlantic mail service in the 1930s. In fact the airline lost three
aircrafts in colonial Gambia.
- Yundum Airport was an emergency landing site for NASA space