Thursday, August 04, 2005

What is... the capital of.... Zimbabwe? Yes Carlo?

Teacher: What is... the capital of.... Zimbabwe? Yes Carlo?
Carlo: Harare is the capital and largest city of Zimbabwe.

The city is Zimbabwe's largest and its administrative, commercial, and communications center. It is a trade centre for tobacco, maize, cotton, and citrus fruits. Manufactures include textiles, steel, and chemicals. Gold is mined in the area. Harare is located at 17°51'50" South, 31°1'47" East (-17.863889, 31.029722).

The city was founded in 1890 as a fort by the Pioneer Column, a mercenary force organized by Cecil Rhodes. The city was originally named Salisbury after the 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, then British prime minister. It became a city in 1935. Salisbury was the capital of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 1953 to 1963.

The name of the city was changed to Harare on April 18th, 1982, the second anniversary of Zimbabwean independence, taking its name from the Shona chieftain Neharawa. Some suburbs of the city have, however, retained their European names, such as Warren Park 'D', Borrowdale, Mount Pleasant, Tynwald, Rotten Row and Rietfontein.

Harare is famous for its beautiful jacaranda-lined streets, especially in the low density "Avenues" suburbs to the immediate north of the city centre.

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