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City (pop., 2001: 346,000), capital of Burundi. Lying on the northern end of Lake Tanganyika, it is the country's chief port and largest urban centre. Known as Usumbura in the 1890s when German troops occupied the area and incorporated it into German East Africa, it was included in a Tutsi kingdom. When Burundi achieved independence in 1962, the city's name was changed to Bujumbura. Its industry specializes in textiles and agricultural products; most of Burundi's foreign trade is shipped between the capital and Kigoma, Tanzania.
Variants of BUJUMBURA
Bujumbura formerly Usumbura
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