First Day Covers from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Series, 1977
Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee postage stamps
One of the smallest countries on te continent of Africa is The Gambia, situated on the extreme western coast. Once part of the Mali Empire, the area became known as Senegambia in 1765. The 1783 Treaty of Versailles gave possession to the United Kingdom. Today's Gambia embraces both banks of the Gambia River, a principal waterway of Africa. Ocean-going ships travel as far as 150 miles upstream to load peanuts, the mainstay of The Gambian economy. Independence came to The Gambia in 1965, and in 1970 the country became a republic with its own elected President who replaced the British Monarch as Chief of State.
The Gambia's First Day Covers honouring the Queen's Silver Jubilee were postmarked February 7, 1977, in Banjul, the capital and principal city.