The primary commercial center and capital of Guinea is Conakry, a seaport on the Atlantic Ocean. This row of houses lines a major boulevard in the city. While most of the Fouta Djallon region in Guinea is a rugged mountain plateau cut by deep valleys, the eastern portion is gently sloping land covered in part by savanna.
The largest ethnic group of the region is the Fulani, many of whom raise cattle on the grasslands. The Fulani arrived in the region in about the 10th century, and later established a series of kingdoms throughout the area which stood until defeated by colonial powers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.