Central River Division
Location of Central River Division in the Gambia
|• Total||2,894.3 km2 (1,117.5 sq mi)|
|Population (2013 census)|
|• Density||78/km2 (200/sq mi)|
|Area code(s)||(+220) 5|
Central River was the largest of the five administrative divisions of the Gambia. Its capital was Janjanbureh (formerly Georgetown), on MacCarthy Island. The largest settlement was Bansang, with an estimated population in 2008 of 8,381.
Until 1995 the division was known as MacCarthy Island Division, which had been established as one of five administrative areas of Gambia Protectorate in the early 20th century. It was located on both sides of the Gambia River, and its total population in 2013 was 239,916
Central River was divided into 10 districts:
- Fulladu West
- Lower Saloum
- Niamina Dankunku
- Niamina East
- Niamina West
- Upper Saloum
It has subsequently been divided into two Local Government Areas (Janjanbureh in the east and Kuntaur in the west), each containing five of the above districts.
- "World Gazetteer".. Retrieved on November 9, 2008
- Hughes, Arnold; Perfect, David, eds. (2008). "Central River Division (CRD)". Historical Dictionary of The Gambia. African Historical Dictionaries 109. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. p. 34.
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