Guinea once belonged to a series of African empires

Guinea once belonged to a series of African empires

Guinea once belonged to a series of African empires

The land that is now Guinea belonged to a series of African empires until France colonized it in the 1890s, and made it part of French West Africa. Despite several attempts by locals to overthrow the French government, Guinea was still incorporated into the French West Africa in the early 1900’s and was called French Guinea. During the time, railroad and port facilities were established, and the territory became a major export channel. Further industrialization came in the 1950’s, when Guinea discovered iron mining. Guinea declared its independence from France on 2 October 1958.

Guinea has 200 miles of coastline

Guinea Coast has 320 kilometers (200 miles) of coastline. Situated a few hours’ drive northeast of Conakry, Cape Verga has some of the country’s best beaches. Since the arrival of a large hotel commissioned by Guinea’s President Alpha Conte, Bel Air Beach isn’t the unspoiled haven it once was. Nearby Sobane beach has cheaper and less intrusive beachside accommodations. Between these beaches is a mostly deserted stretch of sand that visitors can explore at will.

Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve is UNESCO World Heritage Site

The protected areas in Guinea covers about 35.6% of the national territory. It is made up of 3 national parks and other types of protected areas. One of the most popular is Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve - protected area and UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in both Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, extending over a total of area of 17,540 hectares. The reserve covers significant portions of the Nimba Range, a geographically unique area with unusually rich flora and fauna, including exceptional numbers of single-site endemic species, such as viviparous toads, and horseshoe bats.

The Kambadaga Falls in Guinea is just spectacular

Yes, it is! Kambadaga Falls is 249 meters tall and 69 meters wide. The waterfalls crash over three separate falls and they’re surrounded by jungle where monkeys and a wealth of colorful birds are common. Simply amazing!

12,500 worshipers can be accommodated in Conakry Grand Mosque in Guinea

The Conakry Grand Mosque is a mosque in Conakry. The mosque was built under Ahmed Sékou Touré with funding from King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. It opened in 1982. It is the fourth largest mosque in Africa.. The mosque has 2,500 places on the upper level for women and 10,000 below for men. An additional 12,500 worshipers can be accommodated in the mosque’s large esplanade.

Guinea posses quarter of the world’reserves of minerals

Guinea is richly endowed with minerals, possessing an estimated quarter of the world’s proven reserves of bauxite, significant diamond and gold deposits, and undetermined quantities of uranium. Guinea’s mineral wealth makes it potentially one of Africa’s richest countries, but its people are among the poorest in West Africa.

Guinea national football team is called National ElephantsThe population of Guinea comprises about 24 ethnic groups. Guinean cuisine varies by region with rice as the most common staple. Football is the most popular sport in Guinea. Their national football team is called Syli Nationale which literally means National Elephants.

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