History of West Africa 1891-1918

Rivieres du Sud - Guinea before 1891

The coast of Guinea was visited by Portuguese traders since ca. 1460, later followed by British and French traders. In inland Guinea, the feudal state of FOUTA DJALON, inhabited by the Muslim FULANI, flourished since the early 18th century.
In the 1840es, French traders complained in Dakar about being excessively charged by local chiefs in the BOKE REGION. In 1849 the French administration of Senegal declared the region a protectorate. Administratively it was a part of Senegal, administrated from Saint Louis. In the 1880es, most of what is Guinea today was declared a protectorate, under the name RIVIERES DU SUD (rivers of the south), still part of Senegal.
In 1891, Rivieres du Sud was separated from Senegal and sdplit in two separate colonies, under the name of GUINEE (Guinea) and Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).

Guinea, History of, from Infoplease
African Alphabets, by Saki Mafundikwa, scripts of Guinee mentioned

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