Conakry Profile

Modern day Conakry is situated on the 22 mile long Kaloum Peninsula of Guinea having relocated from the old city on Tombo island of the Iles de Los as its population spread to the mainland following the construction of a 328 yard causeway in the 19th century. France claimed the island of Tombo in 1783 however it had been known to Portuguese traders since the 15th century. The island became a French Protectorate in 1880 as part of an on-going conflict for supremacy between the British and French in West Africa, and, after Britain relinquished claims to the island in 1887 it formally became a French territory on 8th June 1889. In 1891 it came capital of the protectorate of Rivieres du Sud known as French Guinea from that year.

In 1895 it became part of French West Africa comprised of Mauritania, Senegal, French Sudan (now Mali), French Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), Dahomey (now Benin) and Niger and was ruled by a lieutenant governor, under the Governor General in Dakar until independence in 1958. Today Conakry has faded from the days when it was known as the "Paris of Africa". Its population now stands at some two million and the city operates as the country's administrative and economic centre with much of that economic activity centering around the city's port. Places of interest include the Guineas National Museum the Guinea Palais du Peuple and Grand Mosque


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