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It was only at this time that they began to expand into the interior of Río Muni, territory previously unexplored by Europeans.When the Spanish Civil War ended in 1939, the Spanish began to invest more in the development of Equatorial Guinea.The original inhabitants of Bioko are of a group called Bubi, descendants of mainland Bantu tribes.Bioko also is home to descendants of former slaves who were freed in the nineteenth century.Many Bubi have recently immigrated to the continent, and along with other, smaller Bantu-speaking tribes, comprise the remaining 10 percent of the population in Río Muni.
Spanish rule of the mainland did not begin officially until 1926, despite their long-standing claim to the area.In 1963 Río Muni and Bioko were officially united as Equatorial Guinea, and Spain granted the country partial autonomy. However, when Spain pulled out, they left the country in dire straits; violence and economic upheaval ensued, and the fledgling nation declared a state of emergency.The first president, Macias Nguema, ruled as a dictator for eleven years, outlawing all political parties but his own.There are two main cultural and ethnic traditions: the Fang, on the mainland, and the Bubi, on the island of Bioko. Equatorial Guinea is on the west coast of equatorial Africa, bordered by Cameroon to the north and Gabon to the south and east.
The country's total area is 10,830 square miles (28,050 square kilometers; slightly smaller than the state of Maryland).It lies 25 miles (40 kilometers) off the coast of Cameroon, across a bay of the Gulf of Guinea known as the Bight of Biafra, to the northwest of the continental portion of the country.In Río Muni, coastal plains rise to hills, and then to plateaus farther inland.Bioko has three extinct volcanic cones, which contain several crater lakes. Río Muni is mainly tropical rain forest and is home to a variety of animals, including gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys, leopards, elephants, and crocodiles.