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Gabon /ɡəˈbɒn; French: ɡabɔ̃/ n
  1. a republic in W central Africa, on the Atlantic: settled by the French in 1839; made part of the French Congo in 1888; became independent in 1960; almost wholly forested. Official language: French. Religion: Christian majority; significant animist minority. Currency: franc. Capital: Libreville. Pop: 1 352 000 (2004 est). Area: 267 675 sq km (103 350 sq miles)
    Former English spelling: Gaboon

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