THE GAMBIA
Boundless Grace by: Mary Hoffmann

The book is about a young African-American girl named Grace who goes to Gambia to visit her father and his new family. She has many cultural experiences there as she spends time with her second family.

The Gambia has been inhabited for many centuries. It is named after the river Gambia. Gambia is located on the Atlantic Coast of West Africa. This small country is only thirty miles wide by the mouth of the river and decreases to fifteen miles as you go eastward. It is about the size of the state of Delaware. Gambia is located in the Savannah Region of Africa.

Gambia is mostly a low plateau but lowers in height towards the Atlantic Coast. Along the coast and river, there are mangrove swamps. At the lower parts of the river, there is a tropical forest. Away from the river, there is wooded grassland.

Gambia has a population of 1.2 million, which consists of the ethnic groups, Wollofs and Mandinkas. The country's dominant religion is Islam but there are a few Christian denominations. Gambians are very strict in their religious practices. The official language is English but each ethnic group speaks its own language. The people are usually dark, tall, and have defined features.

Gambia has been known to have the most agreeable climate in West Africa. The weather is subtropical which means there is a dry and rainy season. Between November and May, it is the dry season. The the rainy season begins in June and continues throughout October.

One type of food that is made in Gambia is called benachin which means "one pot". Benachin is a dish that can be combined with any type of meat along with onions, peppers, tomatoes, tomato puree, garlic cloves, bay leaves, cabbage, and pumpkin. Benachin is usually served over a bed of rice.

 

Resources:

http://www.gambia.com/history/history.html#land-people

http://www.niica.on.ca/gambia/foods.htm