guinea bissau

Guinea-Bissau

[gin-ee-bi-sou]
noun
a republic on the W coast of Africa, between Guinea and Senegal: formerly a Portuguese overseas province; gained independence in 1974. 13,948 sq. mi. (36,125 sq. km). Capital: Bissau.
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Guinea-Bissau
 
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Former name (until 1974): Portuguese Guinea a republic in West Africa, on the Atlantic: first discovered by the Portuguese in 1446 and of subsequent importance in the slave trade; made a colony in 1879; became an independent republic in 1974. Official language: Portuguese; Cape Verde creole is widely spoken. Religion: animist majority and Muslim. Currency: franc. Capital: Bissau. Pop: 1 537 000 (2004 est). Area: 36 125 sq km (13 948 sq miles)

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