Republica da Guiné-Bissau
  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. Guinea-Bissau, formerly Portuguese Guinea, on the coast of Guinea, was discovered in 1446 by Nuno Tristão. It became a separate colony in 1879. It is bounded by the limits fixed by the convention of 12 May 1886 with France. In 1951 Guinea-Bissau became an overseas province of Portugal. The struggle against colonial rule began in 1963. Independence was declared on 24 Sept. 1973. On 14 Nov. 1980 the then president Luiz Cabral was deposed and replaced by the prime minister, João Bernardo Vieira.


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Further Reading

  1. Forrest, J. A., Guinea-Bissau: Power, Conflict and Renewal in a West African Nation. Boulder (CO), 1992Google Scholar
  2. Galli, R., Guinea-Bissau: (Bibliography]. Oxford and Santa Barbara, 1991Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1995

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