A modern city, Harare it is the main administrative, commercial, manufacturing, and educational center of the country and serves as a distribution point for the surrounding agricultural and gold-mining area. Population (1992) 1,184,169. Elevation: 4900 ft.
Major manufactures include processed food, beverages, textiles, clothing, tobacco products, chemicals, construction materials, and wood and plastic items.
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Established as a military post by the British South Africa Company's Pioneer Column, the community was named Fort Salisbury in honor of Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd marquess of Salisbury, who was then the British prime minister.
The city, then known as Salisbury, became the capital of the British colony of Southern Rhodesia in 1923, and it served as the capital of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 1953 to 1963. The name Harare was widely used for the city beginning in 1982.
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