List of colonial heads of The Gambia

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This is a list of colonial administrators in The Gambia from when Fort James was created by the United Kingdom in 1815 until The Gambia's independence in 1965.

Commandants of Fort James (1815–1829)[change | edit source]

Lieutenant Governors of The Gambia (1829–1843)[change | edit source]

In 1821, The Gambia became a British colony. A lieutenant governor was appointed in 1829. They reported to the Governor of Sierra Leone.

Governors of The Gambia (1843–1866)[change | edit source]

Between 1843 and 1866, a governor was appointed who was independent of the Governor of Sierra Leone.

Administrators of The Gambia (1866–1901)[change | edit source]

In 1866 the job of governor was replaced with that of an administrator who reported to the Governor of Sierra Leone.

Governors of The Gambia (1901–1965)[change | edit source]

In 1901, an independent governor was again created.

In 1965, The Gambia achieved independence from the United Kingdom. After independence, the viceroy in The Gambia was the Governor-General of the Gambia.

References[change | edit source]

  • Rulers: The Gambia
  • Guinness Book of Kings, Rulers & Statesmen, Clive Carpenter, Guinness Superlatives Ltd
  • African States and Rulers, John Stewart, McFarland