June 14, 2015
1665 GAMBIA - Banjul
Even if it has only about 35,000 inhabitants, Banjul, formerly known as Bathurst, is the capital of the Gambia. Located on St Mary's Island (Banjul Island), where the Gambia River enters the Atlantic Ocean, it is connected to the mainland to the west and the rest of Greater Banjul Area via bridges. In 1651 Banjul was leased by The Duke of Courland and Semigallia (German: Herzog von Kurland und Semgallen) from the King of Kombo, as part of the Couronian colonization. In 1816, the British founded Banjul as a trading post and base for suppressing the slave trade.Attractions in the city include the Gambian National Museum, the Albert Market, Banjul State House, Banjul Court House, African Heritage Museum, two cathedrals and several major mosques.
West from the ferry terminal towards the wide Ma Cumba Jallow Street (Dobson Street) is The Old Town, a chaotic assembly of decrepit colonial buildings and Krio-style clapboard houses (steep-roofed structures with wrought-iron balconies and corrugated roofs). It's no coincidence they resemble the inner-city architecture of Freetown, Sierra Leone, as many of them still belong to families who came to Banjul from Freetown, some as early as the 1820s. Since its creation in the mid-19th century the Albert Market, an area of frenzied buying, bartering and bargaining, has been Banjul's hub of activity, and so it is today.
On 22 July 1994 Banjul was the scene of a bloodless military coup d'état in which President Sir Dawda Jawara, democratically elected, was overthrown and replaced by the country's current President Yahya Jammeh. To commemorate this event, Arch 22 was built in 1996 as an entrance portal to the capital. Designed by Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby, the gate is 35m tall and stands at the centre of an open square. It houses a textile museum on the top floor. A statue of the "unknown soldier" can be seen near the base of the arch.
About the stamp
The stamp is part of the series Musical Instruments of the Manding Empire, issued in 2010 and containing 15 stamps.
• Riity (Fula) (D5) - It's on the postcard
• Kora (Mandinka) (D10) - It's on other postcard (1625)
• Kora (Mandinka) (D15) - It's on other postcard (1445)
This is a post for Sunday Stamps II-26, run by Violet Sky from See It On A Postcard. The theme of this week is: Making music. Click here to visit Violet’s blog and all the other participants.
Banjul - Wikipedia
Banjul - Lonely Planet
Arch 22 - Wikipedia
Sender: Dauda Mane
Sent from ??? (Gambia), on 20.12.2014
Photo: Uwe Ommer