East Africa: Up from URTZ

When Tanganyika and Zanzibar felt the urge to merge last April, the nomenclatural possibilities seemed irresistible.

Tanganzanziyikabar? Tangibar? Instead, the newlyweds settled for the grandly forgettable title of United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, or URTZ, as it soon became known to U.S. African hands. Last week, to the delight of map-makers and nation-namers the world over, the United Republic's President, Julius Nyerere, announced on second thought that the amalgamated nation's official name will be Tanzania.


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