The land, societies, and cultures that constitute the present-day Republic of Guinea played an important part in the rich past of West Africa, including the founding of centralized states such as the Mali Empire (13th–15th century CE). Subsequent episodes of that history saw the place of Guinea become increasingly worthy of scholarly attention, including the introduction and expansion of Islam; varied interactions with European explorers and traders; the transatlantic slave trade (15th–19th century); the creation of Manden and Fulani Muslim states; and the European colonial conquest, partition, and occupation of the region (19th and 20th centuries).
- Republic of Guinea,
- West Africa
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