Tunisia

[too-nee-zhuh, -shuh, -nizh-uh, -nish-uh, tyoo-]
noun
  1. a republic in N Africa, on the Mediterranean: a French protectorate until 1956. 48,330 sq. mi. (125,175 sq. km). Capital: Tunis.
Related formsTu·ni·sian, adjective, nounpro-Tu·ni·sian, adjective, noun
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Tunisia

noun
  1. a republic in N Africa, on the Mediterranean: settled by the Phoenicians in the 12th century bc; made a French protectorate in 1881 and gained independence in 1955. It consists chiefly of the Sahara in the south, a central plateau, and the Atlas Mountains in the north. Exports include textiles, petroleum, and phosphates. Official language: Arabic; French is also widely spoken. Official religion: Muslim. Currency: dinar. Capital: Tunis. Pop: 10 835 873 (2013 est). Area: 164 150 sq km (63 380 sq miles)
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tunisia in Culture

Tunisia

Republic in northwestern Africa, bordered by Algeria to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east, and Libya to the southeast.

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In the sixth century b.c., Tunisia became the center of power for the city of Carthage.

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Tunisia was a French protectorate from 1881 to 1956, when it achieved independence.
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