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Guinea

Despite opposition by the resident Muslim empire, France made Guinea a colony in 1890 -- part of the trade-off between France and Britain over African territories. Independence was achieved in 1958. (A Portuguese backed coup failed in 1970.)

A Brief History of Guinea - Part 1
A brief introduction to the history of Guinea from the time of early humans to the present day. Part 1 - Kingdoms to Independence

A Brief History of Guinea - Part 2
A brief introduction to the history of Guinea from the time of early humans to the present day. Part 2 - President Lansana Conte Takes Charge

Background Notes: Guinea
A useful potted history is included with these US Department of State Background Notes on Guinea. Also included is a range of political, economic, and geographical data, as well as information on its people, defense, and relations with the US.

Guinea History from Lonely Planet
A quirky, colloquial presentation of Guinea’s history presented by LonelyPlanet.com. Makes awfully good reading and may galvanize your interest in Africa’s regional history. Not only suitable for travelers.

Guinea - a Country Profile from the BBC
An extremely brief historical overview accompanies this BBC Country Profile of Guinea. Of particular interest are the simplified regional map (see where the country is in Africa), a photograph of Guinea’s current Chief of State, and details about the countries media.

Timeline for Guinea from the BBC
A chronology of important events in the history of Guinea given by year (and for more recent events by month also).

CIA World Fact Book: Guinea
A useful map and a range of geographical, political, and economic facts which are mostly up-to-date. Unfortunately this country profile lacks historical information (except for independence date), but the population statistics are probably the best available.

Guinea's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers
Updated weekly, this list of Guinea's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers is provided by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.

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