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Seaport (pop., 2004 est.: 305,700), capital of Guinea-Bissau. Lying on an estuary of the Gêba River where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean, the port originated in 1687 as a Portuguese fortified post. In 1941 it replaced Bolama as the country's capital and has since developed as an excellent roadstead for large vessels.
This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise. For the full entry on Bissau, visit Britannica.com.