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.

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