Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, in central Africa. It is an important administrative, commercial, and industrial center. The principal products are foods and other consumer goods. A railway connects Yaoundé with Douala, the nation's main seaport. The University of Yaoundé was founded in 1962.
Yaoundé was founded in 1888 when the area that is now Cameroon was the German colony of Kamerun. The city became the capital when French Cameroun was established under a League of Nations mandate in 1922; it remained the capital throughout the years of French administration and when the country became independent in 1960.