The Republic of The Gambia is a small country located in the west of the African continent, whose narrow coast is lapped by the Atlantic Ocean. The whole country occupies both banks of the lower course of the river Gambia, after which the country got its name. During the slave trade, the Portuguese first established a colony on the banks of the river, while after 1765, Gambia became part of the British Empire. Since 1965, the Gambia has gained its independence. The country's economy relies on fishing, farming, and tourism, but a large part of the population lives very modestly. This fact does not prevent the Gambians from welcoming visitors with a big smile to their beautiful country.