A ship approaching Guinea –Bissau from the Atlantic would first come to the Bijagos archipelago, a chain of green islands covered in tropical forest. The curve of Africa’s west coast would soon appear on the horizon, fringed by the mangroves and mudflats and divided by wide river mouths. The Cacheu, Corubal, and Geba rivers lead into the interior, where coastal swamps and forests rise to open savanna, which shimmers in the heat. The small population consists of 20 different ethnic groups, such as the Balante, the Fulani, and the Malinke.
Some people are partly of Portuguese origin and...More