Zimbabwe: Signs of Change

From Salisbury to Harare

Since 1890 the capital has been called Salisbury, after Robert Cecil, the 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, the British Prime Minister of the day. But as Zimbabwe, which used to be Rhodesia, marked the second anniversary of its independence from Britain, Prime Minister Robert Mugabe gave his capital a new name, Harare, after a Shona chief who ruled the region in the 19th century. Said Mugabe: "Names that are reminders of the colonial past are being changed to new names befitting the culture of the people."

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