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If you look on any may before 1980, you would not the country name of Zimbabwe. But, you will find the country name of Rhodesia. On April 18th, 1980 Rhodesia officially changed its name to Zimbabwe. Once a great story-teller and poet names Rudyyard Kipling had written Rhodesia was a land of "great spaces washed with sun," many natives say the words of Kipling's could no better describe the beautiful sun land that has many natural resources and is now called Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe is located in southeastern Africa. It is south of the equator and more than one hundred miles north of the Tropic of Capricorn. The country measures 150,820 square miles making it about the size of California. Zimbabwe has no coastline, but borders five other African countries. In the west it touches Namibia, which gained its independence from South Africa in 1990. To the north there's Zambia, which the Zambezi River is the boundary between the two countries.

To the south there is South Africa and the Limpopo River creates the boundary between Zimbabwe and South Africa. To the east lies Mozambique and last but not least, the southwest to Zimbabwe is Botswana.

In Zimbabwe there is also eastern highlands, which include, the Inyangani Mountains and the western savanna plateau. Since there is so much rainfall, Zimbabwe's eastern highlands is one of the most agriculturally productive regions in Africa. There are large orchards, tea fields and timber plantations that lie against the mountainsides. The savanna plateau is relatively flat and open. The savanna is a great source for people and wildlife of Zimbabwe. Many people reside on the savanna by grazing cattle and raising crops. Zimbabwe's climate is beautiful just like California's, with cool nights, moderate days and plenty of sun. The rain falls during the summer...

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