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Guinea Bissau History

Guinea Bissau War and Political History

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Political Conflict, Government, War, Economy. Guinea Bissau War and Political history. Guinea Bissau History and Culture Information and Travel Guide.  Vacation packages Book store. On April 12, the military staged a coup d’etat in the small West African state of Guinea-Bissau. On May 2nd, West African Research Center invited His Excellency Mamadou Saliou Diallo Pires, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Guinea Bissau and His Excellency Mario Cabral, Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea Bissau in Dakar, for a panel discussion on the current political crisis that the country is facing. The panel discussion was moderated by Professor Boubacar Barry, Université Cheikh Anta Diop. Guinea-Bissau was carved from Portuguese-occupied West Africa in 1886, after an agreement between colonial powers to fix boundaries in the region. The Portuguese had been present since the mid-15th century and had established a substantial slave trade. The territory was administered jointly with Cape Verde until 1879, after which it was treated as a separate entity and known as Portuguese Guinea until independence. Guinea-Bissau suffered a protracted war of independence (1963-1974), led on the rebel side by Amilcar Cabral, a highly respected figure inside the country, who was supported by Cuba