BootsnAll's One-Stop Zamunda Travel Guide


The first inhabitants of Zamunda are believed to have been Pygmies who migrated to Africa. Zaumunda separated from continental Africa during the Mesozoic period.

Zamunda was first discovered by Europeans in the 1830s by Richard Lemon Lander (1804-1834), an English explorer who made three trips to West Africa. After canoeing down the Lower Niger river and befriending the King Boy of Brass (who would later save his life), he asked to be directed to the most beatiful island in Africa. Although it took a week to get there, Lander eventually arrived in Zamunda and was enchanted by the Zamundan people and their way of life. After returning to England, he made a brief mention of the island in his historic
"Journal of an Expedition to Explore the Course and Termination of the Niger."

Lander was the last European to visit the island until the early 1900s. During his absence, the Equatorial Guineans claimed ownership of the island and established rule in absentia. However, the government only sent one man to oversea Zamunda. He was given virtually no power, however, and Zamundans largely ignored orders from their Equatorial Guinean rulers.

All this changed in 1900, when Equatorial Guinea was claimed a Spanish colony. Like the Equatorial Guinean (then known as Spanish Guinea) government before them, the Spanish made no attempts to control Zamunda. However, the French government also wished to control the wealth in Guinea. Upon learning of Zamunda, the French government sent respected military leader Jacques Poussin to the island. Poussin declared that the island would be an excellent base for French incursions into Spanish Guinea. In 1912, 1000 troops landed on the island and established rule in Zamunda. From 1912 until 1938, the French ruled Zamunda. Although many exercises were staged, no attack on the Spanish government was ever made. The last group of soldiers were deployed in 1933, and only 100 remained when France withdrew in 1938, due to increased demand for protection from Germany.

An elected government was established in 1938. The government operated on utopian principals and in 1946, inspired by a visit from Fidel Castro and Che Guevera to the Golden Staff of Ra, Zamunda became an official communist country and closed all trade with continental Africa. Zamunda is still run by a communist government, although it has showed signs of opening up to advances in technology and trade in the recent years. In 1998, non-African visitors were allowed into the country for the first time in 50 years.

Posted by Court
Category: Culture

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