Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

David Hardenier


The continuing struggle in Portuguese Guinea is unique in many respects. It is unique because of its geographic setting. An enclave on the coast of West Africa with a low-level of white expatriates, it is surrounded by newly emergent independent nations exuding the cry of freedom, nationalism and progress. Although certainly the last in the struggle for political independence, Guine [sic] may well be the first to achieve it by armed revolt. And what are the prospects of stability should complete independence be realized? Some noted observers foresee annexation or absorption by either Guinea or Senegal, nations involved in their own struggle for economic independence. Others forecast a military coup following the pattern of other West African states laboring under one-party governments with no other visable [sic] avenues for change.