Kenya

Geography

Kenya lies across the equator in east-central Africa, on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Kenya borders Somalia to the east, Ethiopia to the north, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and Sudan to the northwest. In the north, the land is arid; the southwest corner is in the fertile Lake Victoria Basin; and a length of the eastern depression of the Great Rift Valley separates western highlands from those that rise from the lowland coastal strip.

Government

Republic

History

Paleontologists believe people may first have inhabited Kenya about 2 million years ago. In the 700s, Arab seafarers established settlements along the coast, and the Portuguese took control of the area in the early 1500s. More than 40 ethnic groups reside in Kenya. Its largest group, the Kikuyu, migrated to the region at the beginning of the 18th century.

The land became a British protectorate in 1890 and a Crown colony in 1920, called British East Africa. Nationalist stirrings began in the 1940s, and in 1952 the Mau Mau movement, made up of Kikuyu militants, rebelled against the government. The fighting lasted until 1956.


"Kenya" Fact Monster.
© 2012 Pearson Education, publishing as Fact Monster.
27 Aug. 2012
Accsys in Kenya
PeopleWare Tax Tables: 
Yes
Business Connexion Office: 
Yes
Tax Period: 
January to December
Currency: 
Kenya shilling
Language: 
English, Swahili
Capital City: 
Nairobi
Population: 
40 m
Size: 
569,251 km²
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