geographical name \käm-ˈpä-lä, kam-\

Definition of KAMPALA

city of Uganda N of Lake Victoria pop 1,200,000


geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

City (pop., 2008 est.: 1,480,200), capital of Uganda. The country's largest city, it is located in southern Uganda, north of Lake Victoria. It was selected in 1890 by Capt. Frederick Lugard as the headquarters of the British East Africa Company. Lugard's fort on Old Kampala Hill remained the Ugandan colonial administrative headquarters until 1905. In 1962 Kampala became the capital of independent Uganda. It is the site of the headquarters of most of Uganda's large firms and of Makerere University (1922) and the Uganda Museum.


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