Bissau - Guinea-Bissau's capital
In the twentieth century, without exception, the black countrycontinent were difficult path to independence. Many of them were colonies of the great powers of the Old World - France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and major cities - colonial centers. The capital of Guinea-Bissau, a former Portuguese protectorate under, also on this list on its official coat of arms and flag of the present European heraldic symbols and colors, although not without its African motifs.
The main characters of the capital
two used for the capital of the flagcolor, black and red, they are most often found in European symbolism. They are also associated with Portugal, under the authority of which was itself Guinea-Bissau, and its capital. to the black and red silver added (acts as the background) - the three colors used for the image of the town emblem. The main elements of the official symbol of the capital present: the fortress tower of scarlet; two heads of Negroes in red turbans; Tape with an inscription - the name of the city.
The emergence Bissau on the map due to the countryunpleasant, not to say tragic periods in history. The settlement appeared thanks to the Portuguese colonizers, who arrived here not in search of a better life or to create a prosperous city. Their goal - the slave trade, and the city was established as a fortified center to engage in this nefarious business. The convenient geographical location, on the ocean, with a well-sheltered harbor, accessible to ships, do a disservice. It gathered merchants from around the world, and only interested in their human merchandise.
Well, these terrible times in the past andthe indigenous inhabitants of the country can not be afraid for their future. Bissau's economy is still built around the existing port, main activities - trade and industry. In the capital, concentrated more than half of all industrial enterprises of the country, products are exported. A local port exported palm oil, groundnuts, hides the forest.
Tourism - a promising direction
Bissau residents understand that in the capital forForeign travelers few objects worthy of attention. Therefore, the main tourist routes run either on the outskirts of the capital, or to the islands lying in the Atlantic Ocean. According to many guests have visited here, it could look like a paradise - white strip of sandy beaches, azure waves of the ocean, mysterious mangroves.