Kankan is the second largest city in Guinea, located on the River Milo in eastern Guinea and lying about 300 miles east of the nation's captal Conakry. Population 197,108 (2008 est).
Kankan serves as the capital and largest city of Kankan Prefecture and Kankan Region. The population of the city is predominated by the Mandinka ethnic group.
Kankan was founded by the Mandinka
people in the seventeenth century
and became capital of the Baté Empire
and an important trading centre, particularly for kola nuts
. It was conquered by Samory Touré
and occupied by the French
. The population of the city is predominantly from the Mandinka ethnic group and their language is widely spoken throughout the city.
The town is known for its university
(Université de Kankan
), for its religious scholars and its mango
trees. It is home to the Kankan Airport
. It is an eleven hour drive from Conakry
. It also has one of the oldest mosques in West Africa.
Kankan is the terminus of the lightduty narrow gauge railway from Conakry.