Lusaka is the capital city of Zambia, and serves as both the commercial and political hub of this East African nation. Named for a tribal headsman, Lusaka developed from a tiny village into a city of significance in 1905, when British settlers built a railway through Lusaka. Lusaka also became the crossroads of two major thoroughfares in Zambia: The Great North Road and the Great East Road.
Although Livingstone was originally the capital of the British-controlled region known as Northern Rhodesia, Lusaka became the official capital city in 1935, and was later named Zambia’s official capital when it gained its independence from Great Britain in 1964.
Greater Lusaka is home to 2.4 million people (2010 census) and is one of the fastest-developing nations in southern Africa.