A Political History of The Gambia, 1816-1994 (Rochester by Arnold Hughes, David Perfect

By Arnold Hughes, David Perfect

A Political historical past of The Gambia: 1816-1994 is the 1st entire account of the political historical past of the previous British West African dependency to be written. It uses a lot hitherto unconsulted or unavailable British and Gambian reliable and personal documentary resources, in addition to interviews with many Gambian politicians and previous British colonial officers. the 1st a part of the publication charts the origins and features of contemporary politics in colonial Bathurst (Banjul) and its growth into the Gambian inside (Protectorate) within the 20 years after global battle II. by way of independence in 1965, older urban-based events within the capital have been defeated via a brand new, rural-based political corporation, the People's revolutionary occasion (PPP). the second one a part of the e-book analyzes the capacity wherein the PPP, less than President Sir Dawda Jawara, succeeded in defeating either present and new rival political events and an tried coup in 1981. The booklet closes with a proof of the death of the PPP by the hands of a military coup in 1994. The ebook not just establishes these distinct features of Gambian political heritage, but in addition relates those to the broader neighborhood and African context, through the colonial and independence classes.

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However, in 1963, only 17 percent of Serere lived in Bathurst and the majority resided in Kerewan LGA. Since 1963, the center of the Serere population has shifted again; just over one-third lived in Kerewan and just under a third in Kanifing in 1993. Traditionally either engaged in farming or fishing, male Serere in the rural areas of The Gambia and Senegal tend now to grow groundnuts, and female Serere produce millet and vegetables. 47 During the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century, the majority of Gambian Serere remained animist, but in recent decades, most have become Muslim.

35 Moreover, it is probable that most Wolof in modern Banjul are Muslims; however, there has also been a significant Christian Wolof community in the capital since the earliest years of the settlement on St. Mary’s Island. 36 However, after the establishment of a permanent Roman Catholic mission in Bathurst in 1849 (see below), many Wolof converted to Catholicism, particularly after 1860, and Wolof Catholics came to outnumber their Protestant counterparts. 5), they lived mainly in small and isolated communal groups in the forests and swamps of the southern districts of Kombo-Foni Province; 18 Social and Economic Setting a minority also settled in Bathurst.

2 138,401 100 185,150 100 228,114 100 275,469 100 1 Annual estimate of the Protectorate. 5 percent. 2 Sources: [Colonial Office], Census Report, 1911; [Colonial Office], Annual Report on the Social and Economic Progress of the People of the Gambia, 1931 (Colonial Reports no. 1572) (London: HMSO, 1932); Gamble, Socio-Economic Survey, 27, Table II (for 1946); [Gambia Government], Census Report, 1963, Table 12. growth of the non-Gambian African population since 1983. 17 Mandinka The Mandinka first moved into Gambia in the late thirteenth or early fourteenth centuries as the Mali Empire expanded.

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