official_name = Bissau
imagesize = 300px
map_caption = Location of Bissau in Guinea-Bissau
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = flag|Guinea-Bissau
subdivision_type1 = Region
population_total = 407,424 est.
latd=11 |latm=51| lats= |latNS=N
longd=15 |longm=34| longs= |longEW=W
Bissau is the
capitalcity of Guinea-Bissau. It is an autonomous citywhose borders are conterminous with the Bissau Region. As of 2007, the city has an estimated population of 407,424 according to the Instituto Nacional de Estatística e Censos [ [http://www.stat-guinebissau.com/ Instituto Nacional de Estatística e Censos] ] . The last time an official census was held in the country, in 1991, the city/region had a population of 195,389. The city is located on the Geba Riverestuary, off the Atlantic Ocean. It is the country's largest city, major port, and administrative and military center. Peanuts, hardwoods, copra, palm oil, and rubberare the chief products. The city was founded in 1687by Portugalas a fortified port and trading center. In 1942it became the capital of Portuguese Guinea. After the declaration of independence by the guerilla, in 1973, the capital of the independent territory was declared to be Madina do Boe, but Bissau remained as the capital of the Portuguese-occupied regions, i. e., of Portuguese Guinea. When Portugal recognized the independence of Guinea-Bissau and pulled out, in 1974, the two territories merged and Bissau became the capital of the new state. Bissau is located at 11°52' North, 15°36' West (11.86667, -15.60). [http://earth-info.nga.mil/gns/html/cntry_files.html] The city is known for its annual carnival. Other attractions include the Fortaleza d'Amura barrackscontaining Amílcar Cabral's mausoleum, the Pidjiguiti Memorialto the dockers killed in the Bissau Dockers' Strikeon August 3 1959, the Guinea-Bissau National Arts Institute, Bissau New Stadiumand local beaches. Many buildings in the city were ruined during the Guinea-Bissau Civil War, including the Guinea-Bissau Presidential Palaceand the Bissau French Cultural Centre(now rebuilt), and the city centre is still underdeveloped.
airportthat serves Bissau is Osvaldo Vieira International Airport.
* Richard Andrew Lobban, Jr. and Peter Karibe Mendy, "Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau", 3rd ed. (Scarecrow Press, 1997, ISBN 0-8108-3226-7) pp. 91-96
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