|Elevation||39 m (128 ft)|
The town is known for its Fula population and dominant Muslim religion. It was originally the centre of the Kaabu empire until the Fouta Djallon came to dominate it in the nineteenth century. Gabu is also known as a market town and a centre for trade with Guinea and Senegal. After the independence of Guinea-Bissau, the city acquired its actual name, replacing the old one, "Nova Lamego".
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