All discussion of Western Sahara is unavoidably and heatedly political. Here's why:
West'ern Sahar'a n.
1. a region in NW Africa on the Atlantic
coast, bounded by Morocco, Algeria, and
Mauritania: a former Spanish province
comprising Río de Oro and Saguia el
Hamra 1884-1976; divided between Morocco
and Mauritania 1976; claimed entirely by
Morocco 1979, but still under dispute.
180, 000; ab. 102, 700 sq. mi. (266, 000
sq. km). Formerly, Spanish Sahara.