“We prefer poverty in liberty to wealth in slavery.” said Sekou Toure, who became the first president of an independent Guinea in 1958. Until now, Guinea remains poor, although huge reserves of bauxite and diamonds promise future wealth. Most Guineans are farmers, growing plantains, cassava, and rice. The largest group of people is the Fulani, who live on the dry central plateau. The Malinke live in the savannah of Upper Guinea, and the Susu on the swampy coast. Forest clad mountains rise in the southeast.
People have lived here since prehistoric times. During the Middle Ages, Guinea...More