country in W Africa, north of Ghana: under French control from 1895, it became independent (as Upper Volta) in 1960: 105,839 sq mi (274,122 sq km); pop. 7,967,000; cap. Ouagadougou
See Burkina Faso in American Heritage Dictionary 4
A landlocked country of western Africa. It was a French protectorate from 1896 until 1960, when it gained its independence. The name of the country was officially changed in 1984. Ouagadougou is the capital and the largest city. Population: 14,300,000.