Where was Kunta Kinte from

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Kunta Kinte, the protagonist of Alex Haley’s novel Roots, was from Gambia. Though Gambia follows 200 miles (322 kilometers) of the Gambia River, it is a very thin country, averaging only 12 miles (19 kilometers) in width. Gambia lies entirely within Africa’s smallest country, Senegal.


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