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Senegal

The region of Senegambia (formed by the combined basins of the Senegal and Gambia rivers) was a dependency of the states of the Sudan (the historical state not the modern republic) and Sahara. Senegal was colonized by the French in 1890 (with The Gambia split off as a British enclave). Independence was achieved on 20 August 1960 under the socialist president Leopold Senghor.

Background Notes: Senegal
A useful potted history is included with these US Department of State Background Notes on Senegal. Also included is a range of political, economic, and geographical data, as well as information on its people, defence, and relations with the US.

Senegal History from Lonely Planet
A quirky, colloquial presentation of Senegal’s history presented by LonelyPlanet.com. Makes awfully good reading and may galvanise your interest in Africa’s regional history. Not only suitable for travellers.

Senegal - a Country Profile from the BBC
An extremely brief historical overview accompanies this BBC Country Profile of Senegal. Of particular interest are the simplified regional map (see where the country is in Africa), a photograph of Senegal’s current Chief of State, and details about the countries media.

Timeline for Senegal from the BBC
A chronology of important events in the history of Senegal given by year (and for more recent events by month also).

CIA World Fact Book: Senegal
A useful map and a range of geographical, political, and economic facts which are mostly up-to-date. Unfortunately this country profile lacks historical information (except for independence date), but the population statistics are probably the best available.

Senegal's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers
Updated weekly, this list of Senegal's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers is provided by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.

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