Yaoundé, or Yaunde (pop. 649,000), capital city of Cameroon, located in the south-central part of the country between the Nyong and Sanaga rivers. It was founded in 1888 by the Germans, under whom Cameroon was a protectorate. When the area was divided in 1922, the city became the capital of French East Cameroon. In 1960 it was made capital of the newly independent Republic of Cameroon. Yaoundé is a center for transportation, light industry, and education.
See also: Cameroon.