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Umtali/Mutare
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Umtali, 1952
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeUmtali, 1952 - Credit: Humansdorpie

Umtali, now called Mutare, is Zimbabwe's fourth largest city, with 170,000 people.

Close to the border with Mozambique, the town began life as a fort. Gold was found nearby, attracting the first white settlers, and in 1896 a railway was constructed between Bulawayo and Beira on the coast, passing through the Mutare area and raising the importance of the new town.

Today, the city is sometimes seen as the Gateway to the Eastern Highlands.