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Culture: The culture of Tunisia is mixed due to their long established history of conquerors such as Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Turks, Spaniards, and the Frenchwho all left their mark on the country.

Economy: Tunisia has a diverse economy, ranging from agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and petroleum products, to tourism.

Geography: Tunisia issituated on the Mediterranean coast of North Africa, midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Nile Delta. It is bordered by Algeria on the west and Libya on the south east. It lies between latitudes 30°and 38°N, and longitudes 7° and 12°E. An abrupt southward turn of the Mediterranean coast in northern Tunisia gives the country two distinctive Mediterranean coasts, west-east in the north, andnorth-south in the east.

Natural Resources: Tunisia possesses petroleum, phosphates, iron ore, lead, zinc, salt and arable land. 3,850 km² of land is irrigated in Tunisia.

French in Tunisha: In1869, Tunisia declared itself bankrupt and an international financial commission took control over its economy. In 1881, using the pretext of a Tunisian incursion into Algeria, the French invaded with anarmy of about 36,000 and forced the Bey to agree to the terms of the 1881 Treaty of Bardo. With this treaty, Tunisia was officially made a French protectorate, over the objections of Italy. UnderFrench colonization, European settlements in the country were actively encouraged; the number of French colonists grew from 34,000 in 1906 to 144,000 in 1945.

Religion: enjoy a significant degree ofreligious freedom, a right enshrined and protected in its constitution, which guarantees the freedom to practice one's religion.

Agriculture: Tunisia remains one of the few Arab countries whichis self-sufficient in dairy products, vegetables, and fruit and almost self-sufficient in red meat.


French over Morocco: France officially established a...
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