August 25th, 2009
Once Upon a Coup
History of Equatorial Guinea

Few people can find Equatorial Guinea on a map; the tiny country is located on the western coast of Africa and is slightly smaller than Maryland. It has grown in importance since 1995 when vast oil reserves were discovered in the Gulf of Guinea. Scroll through the interactive timeline below and click on the “+” signs to learn about Equatorial Guinea’s colonial past, transition to independence under a brutal dictator, and ongoing wealth disparity amid new oil revenue.

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