CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNMENT. Malawi, formerly Nyasaland (until 1907 British Central Africa) Protectorate, constituted on 15 May 1891, lies along the southern and western shores of Lake Malawi (the third largest lake in Africa, 11,460 sq. miles, about 300 miles in length and from 10 to 50 miles wide), with the Shire River as outlet to the Zambezi. Malawi, ‘reflected light’ or ‘bright haze’, was in earlier times used to describe an area comprising former Nyasaland and parts of Zambia and of Mozambique.
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