Gabon - Country wood
The Republic of Gabon is located in central and western Africa,
covering an area of 267,700 square kilometers. It has a population
of 1.29 million, mainly aromatic, the Fang family in more than 40
tribes. Catholicism and Protestantism are the primary religions, and
French is the official language. The currency is the CFA franc and
the capital is Libreville.
The national flag of Gabon is comprised of three horizontal strips
of green, symbolizing the forest, yellow, denoting the sun, and
blue, reminiscent of the ocean.
In the 12th century BC, the Bantu moved from eastern Africa, in the
Ogooue river to establish a number of tribal kingdoms. In the 15th
century, Portuguese sailors arrived in Gabon, with the French
arriving in the 18th century. In 1911 the country was transferred to
Germany, but after World War I it returned to French possession,
becoming a "French Community" in the "autonomous republic" In 1958.
On August 17, 1960, independence was declared.
Economy and Cultural Customs
Gabon is located in the equatorial tropical climate zone, which
results in high temperatures and precipitation. Dense forests cover
85% of the total land area, with timber reserves of about 400
million cubic meters. U.S. Olympic worthy of precious wood and ebony
output ranked first in the world, including ebony as the "king of
precious wood," Yu said, "green gold of the country." Gabon is rich
in mineral resources, with some of the best ore and manganese
dioxide reserves in the world. Petroleum, manganese, uranium, and
timber are the four pillars of its economy.
Add Lin's hotels, restaurants and public buildings illustrate the
unique style of painting in Africa. Performances depict Gabon’s
traditional tribal life, nature, or the landscape, giving the viewer
a sense of Africa’s exotic flavor.
Gabon’s society is comprised of extended families, generally
patrilineal clan groups, many of whom live in the isolated forest.
The Fang tribe's traditional handmade wooden sculptures are
renowned. Within the virgin forests live the world’s smallest
people, known as Pygmies. Adult Pygmies have an average height of
only 1.4 meters, which is suited to a live of hunting.