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|Republic of Gamboa|
República de Gamboa
and largest city
• From Spain
|January 1, 1955|
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|ISO 3166 code||GM|
The Gamboa Islands, officially the Republic of Gamboa (Spanish: Gamboa Islas or República de Gamboa) is a country off the southwestern coast of Africa. It is one of only two Spanish speaking countries in Africa. There are seven islands. The largest island, Alva Gil, contains the largest city and capital, Amador, as well as, the second largest city, Alva Gil, which possesses the same name as the island.
Formerly the colony of Spanish West Africa, the country gained independence from Spain in 1955. The first president to be elected was José Zavala Bueno, who remained in office until his death in 1978. He established the People's Liberation Alliance (Alianza Popular de Liberación, APL), which is one of the predominant parties in Gamboa.
Gamboa has a unique culture mixed that of the Spanish and African. There are mainly three types of racial groups in the country: White (Spanish ancestry), African and mixed. There are additionally small populations who speak Portuguese and French. Approximately 57% of the population are either fluent or can hold a basic conversation in English - making them bilingual.
Having possessed a highly developed economy, Gamboa is one of the richest African countries. It's economic capital is Alva Gil, slightly surpassing Amador in wealth of citizens. Aproximately 17% of the population live in poverty.
The islands were named after Matteo Gamboa Ibarra, the first Spaniard to discover the islands.