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Portugese Colonization (late 15th century-1974)

Portuguese Guinea was a West African colony of Portugal from the late 15th century until 10 September 1974, when it gained independence as Guinea-Bissau.[1]

There are no colonial records available online, or on microfilm for Guinea-Bissau. However, the Arquivo Historico Ultramarino (Overseas Historical Archive) in Portugal is responsible for preserving and keeping all documents related to the Empire of Portugal's overseas territories. Since Guinea-Bissau was once colonized by the Portuguese, records from its colonial period may be in these archives. Visit the archive's website here to see what is available.


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Portugese Guinea," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 22 July 2019.