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Location of Bissau in Guinea-Bissau

Bissau, estimated population 355,000 (2004), is the capital of Guinea-Bissau. The city is located on the Geba River estuary, off the Atlantic Ocean. It is the country's largest city, major port, and administrative and military center. Peanuts, hardwoods, copra, palm oil, and rubber are the chief products. The city was founded in 1687 by Portugal as a fortified port and trading center. In 1942 it became the capital of Portuguese Guinea but was replaced by Madina do Boe in 1973-74. Bissau is located at 11°52' North, 15°36' West (11.86667, -15.60). [1] Image File history File links GW-Bissau. ... The Geba is a river of West Africa that rises in Guinea, passes through Senegal, and reaches the Atlantic Ocean in Guinea-Bissau. ... Binomial name Arachis hypogaea L. The peanut or groundnut (Arachis hypogaea) is a species in the pea family Fabaceae native to South America. ... Beech is a typical temperate zone hardwood The term hard on designates boner from angiosperm trees. ... Copra is the dried meat, or kernel, of the coconut. ... Palm oil is a form of edible vegetable oil obtained from the fruit of the Oil palm tree. ... Rubber is an elastic hydrocarbon polymer which occurs as a milky emulsion (known as latex) in the sap of a number of plants but can also be produced synthetically. ... Events March 19 - The men under explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle murder him while searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River. ... This article is about the year. ... Portuguese Guinea was the name for what is today Guinea-Bissau from 1446 to September 10, 1974. ... Boe (full name Madina do Boe) is a settlement in the southeastern region of Guinea-Bissau. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ...

The city is known for its annual carnival. Other attractions include the Fortaleza d'Amura barracks containing Amílcar Cabral's mausoleum, the Pidjiguiti Memorial to the dockers killed in the Bissau Dockers' Strike on August 3, 1959, the Guinea-Bissau National Arts Institute, Bissau New Stadium and local beaches. Many buildings in the city were ruined during the Guinea-Bissau Civil War, including the Guinea-Bissau Presidential Palace and the Bissau French Cultural Centre, and the city centre is still underdeveloped. Swabian-Alemannic carnival clowns in Wolfach, Germany A carnival is a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus and public street party, generally during the Carnival Season. ... Barracks is usally used to connote a type of military housing. ... Amílcar Cabral Amílcar Lopes Cabral (1924–January 20, 1973) was an African agronomic engineer, writer and nationalist. ... St. ... British non-derogative slang for a dock worker, i. ... August 3 is the 215th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (216th in leap years), with 150 days remaining. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 90 mile beach Australia A beach or strand is a geological formation consisting of loose rock particles such as sand, shingle, cobble, or even shell along the shoreline of a body of water. ... The Guinea-Bissau Civil War was triggered by an attempted coup against the government of President João Bernardo Vieira led by Brigadier-General Ansumane Mané. João Bernardo “Nino” Vieira, President of Guinea-Bissau (1980-1999) // Pre-Conflict Tension In January 1998, ten separatists from the Senegalese region of...

The airport that serves Bissau is Osvaldo Vieiro International Airport. Osvaldo Vieiro International Airport ( IATA code OXB, ICAO code GGOV) is an airport that serves the city of Bissau, the capital city of Guinea-Bissau. ...


  • Richard Andrew Lobban, Jr. and Peter Karibe Mendy, Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, 3rd ed. (Scarecrow Press, 1997, ISBN 0-8108-3226-7) pp. 91-96

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Bissau (Note: Former President Kumba Ialá decided to change the capital city to Buba, but the plan is unlikely to go forward.)
Formerly the Portuguese colony of Portuguese Guinea, upon independence, the name of its capital, Bissau, was added to the country's official name in order to prevent confusion between itself and the Republic of Guinea.
Guinea-Bissau was once the kingdom of Gabù, part of the Mali Empire; parts of the kingdom subsisted until the 18th century.
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