geographical name \kin-ˈshä-sə\

Definition of KINSHASA

city of Democratic Republic of the Congo on Congo River at outlet of Pool Malebo pop 3,804,000

Variants of KINSHASA

Kin·sha·sa or formerly Lé·o·pold·ville \ˈlē-ə-ˌpōld-ˌvil, ˈlā-\

Rhymes with KINSHASA


geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Capital and largest city (pop., 2005 est.: 5,717,000), Democratic Republic of the Congo. Situated on the southern bank of the Congo River, it was founded as Léopoldville in 1881 by Henry Morton Stanley. It became the capital of the Belgian Congo in the 1920s. After World War II it emerged as the largest city in sub-Saharan Africa and became the capital of the independent republic in 1960. It was given its present name in 1966. A major river port and a commercial centre, it is the seat of the University of Kinshasa (1954).

Variants of KINSHASA

Kinshasa formerly Léopoldville


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