from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- A country of northwest Africa bordering on the Atlantic Ocean. Southern Mauritania was part of the ancient empire of Ghana, and the northern part was settled by Berbers c. 1000. The area later formed part of the Mali Empire (flourished 14th century) and was visited by European traders after the 15th century. French influence over the region lasted from the early 1800s until independence was achieved in 1960. Nouakchott is the capital and the largest city.
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- proper noun A
countryin Northern Africa. Official name: Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
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- noun a country in northwestern Africa with a provisional military government; achieved independence from France in 1960; largely western Sahara Desert
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Now that democracy in Mauritania is all of five weeks old, we can rest assured.
"Mauri", from which the Romans got the term Mauritania (and the Cunard Line the name of its famous liner) for the region.
Instead, he says allowing retired soldiers to run in the June elections better reflects what he calls Mauritania's "new political and cultural reality."
When the next ship arrived in Mauritania, they were quickly besieged by the settlers, and were quickly defeated.
Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who came to power last year after a military coup, claimed victory Sunday in Mauritania's presidential election - though one of his main challengers claimed fraud marred the polls.
Peace Corps blogger Becky, who is serving in Mauritania, notes the possibility that Peace Corps volunteers serving in the country may be sent home and laments:
On August 12, the Peace Corps suspended their program in Mauritania, citing safety and security concerns.
I love that I can email a musician in Mauritania and ask to download his latest album.
As you've noticed, there has been a lot of instability in Mauritania since the beginning of my service last year.
And in Mauritania, General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who took over after a coup d 'etat a year ago, saw his power legitimized in an election that his opponents consider as potentially fraudulent.