Chipata, formerly Fort
Jameson , town, southeastern Zambia, near the Malawi frontier. It
is an upland town, approximately 3,600 feet (1,100 metres) above sea level.
Tobacco is the major local cash crop; peanuts (groundnuts) are processed into
oil products; cotton, corn (maize), and wheat are also grown. Formerly an
administrative centre of the British South Africa Company, it was the capital
of Northeastern Rhodesia, 1901–10. It has been a Roman Catholic