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The country of Gabon is praised as being one of the most successful countries in Africa Gabon is a very diverse country in many ways There are a variety of different tribes that call Gabon home Also the land differs through out the county Gabon is one of the smaller countries of Africa with the area of 267670 square miles Comparatively this is the almost the same size as Colorado The terrain of this tiny country consists of narrow coastal plains a hilly interior and Savannah in the east and south Much of the interior is rain forests and is not arable Only 1 of the land is arable The remaining land is either meadows permanent crops or other land forms The World Fact Book 1995 Gabon is one of the most thinly populated countries in Africa It has a population of approximately 1155000 July 1995 est There are 11 people per square mile The majority of the Gabonese are of ages 15-64 years The average life expectancy is 5514 years Women live to be around 58 while men are usually around 52 when they die This is why only 5 of the population is older than 65 The infant mortality is lower than many other African countries 924 per 1000 live births The World Fact Book 1995 As in most African countries there are many Bantu tribes make up the ethnicity of the country There are four major tribal groups The Fang Eshira Bapounou and the Bateke The World Fact Book The largest of these tribes is the Fang They live mainly in the northern area of Gabon Many years ago they were considered the fiercest warriors of the area Now they dominate many of the countries governmental positions World Book Encyclopedia page One of the earlier tribes that is since gone was the Omyene They lived along
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