In 1957 Nouakchott was selected to be the capital of Mauritania when it became an independent country. It is Sahara's largest city excluding marginal cases like Cairo and the cities north of the Atlas Mountains on Africa's northern coast.
Sahara desert, 1.9 km diameter
1,641 km. Senegal / Mali / Mauritania
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Algeria, Mali, Senegal, Western Sahara