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Template:Infobox settlement Albreda is a historic settlement in The Gambia on the north bank of the Gambia River, variously described as a 'trading post' or a 'slave fort'. It is located near Jufureh in the North Bank Division and an arch stands on the beach connecting the two places. As of 2008, it has an estimated population of 1,776. [1]


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Albreda today

Musa Gaye, a Wolof marabout, founded it sometime between 1520 and 1681. Wolof traders called the island Draga, while the Mandinkas called it Albadar.[2]

In 1681, a local ruler, Niumi Mansa, gave the land to the French because his people depended on trade with Europeans. The French exclave was never very large (never more than one factory) but its location was inconvenient for the British, who otherwise had a monopoly on trade on the Gambia River. The British also possessed Fort James on James Island, which was less than two miles away on the opposite bank, and which fulfilled a similar function. There was constant tension and occasional skirmishes between the two powers, with Fort James changing hands between them several times.

Albreda was transferred from French control to the British empire in 1857. Today it contains a slave museum.


Fort James is NOT on the opposite bank of the Gambia River. It is, rather, about two miles southeast of Albreda in the Gambia, which is still very wide at this point. Fort James is much closer to the north bank than it is to the south bank.

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