Entebbe is the old capital of the Uganda, counting currently approximately 90.000 inhabitants. It is located on a peninsula of northern bank of the Lake Victoria, at an altitude of 1.140 meters, 35 km of the current capital Kampala. It is one of the cities of the world closest to the Ecuador, its official latitude being of 00°04' Northern.
In language Luganda, Entebbe means the seat, probably because it is here that a chief baganda was accustomed to sitting down to return justice.
It becomes the administrative and commercial center new English colony in 1893, on the impulse of Sir Gerald Portal, administrator of the colony. One finds there today the national botanical gardens, the national Zoo and the UVRI, the virological research institute of Uganda.
The city is known to shelter the International airport of Entebbe, the only one of the country. It is there (more exactly on the old airport, now abandoned and transformed into museum) that in 1976 was held celebrates it Opération thunder, carried out by the Israeli under the command of Yonatan Netanyahou, to release the hostages of the flight Air France 139.
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