Place:Mauritania

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NameMauritania
Alt namesal-Jumhūrīyah al-Īslāmīyah al-Mūrītānīyahsource: Britannica Book of the Year (1991) p 654; Britannica Book of the Year (1993) p 667
French West Africasource: Family History Library Catalog
Islamic Republic of Mauritaniasource: Wikipedia
Mauretaniensource: Cassell's German Dictionary (1982) p 1195
Mauritaniesource: Cassell's French Dictionary (1981) p 477
Mauritaniësource: Engels Woordenboek (1987) I, 428
Mauritâniasource: Novo Dicionário Aurélio (1975) p 901
Mūrītānīyāsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Spanish Saharasource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeNation
Coordinates20°N 12°W
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Mauritania is a country in Northwest Africa. It is the eleventh largest sovereign state in Africa and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Western Sahara to the north and northwest, Algeria to the northeast, Mali to the east and southeast, and Senegal to the southwest.

The country derives its name from the ancient Berber kingdom of Mauretania, which existed from the 3rd century BCE into the 7th century CE in the far north of modern-day Morocco and Algeria. Approximately 90% of Mauritania's land is within the Sahara; consequently, the population is concentrated in the south, where precipitation is slightly higher. The capital and largest city is Nouakchott, located on the Atlantic coast, which is home to around one-third of the country's million people. The government was overthrown on 6 August 2008, in a military coup d'état led by General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. On 16 April 2009, Aziz resigned from the military to run for president in the 19 July elections, which he won.

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