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town, west-central Guinea. Located on the Fouta Djallon plateau (at 3,445 feet [1,050 m]) near the source of the Gambia River, it lies at the intersection of roads from Mamou to the Senegal border and from the Guinean towns of Mali, Tougue, and Telimele. Founded in the 1720s by the Dialonke people and named for their chief, Manga Labe, the town became an important political and commercial centre of the 18th- and 19th-century Fulani state of Fouta Djallon.