Blantyre is British Nyasaland's centre of finance and commerce, and its largest city, with 1,327,181 inhabitants. It is sometimes referred to as the commercial capital of Nyasaland, as opposed to the political capital, Zomba. It is the capital of the dominion's Blantyre District.
The city houses the College of Medicine, the Nyasa Polytechnic and the Kamuzu College of Nursing, constituent colleges of the University of Nyasaland. The Nyasaland College of Accountancy is also headquartered there. Its rather unconventional location has meant that Blantyre is surrounded by Mount Soche, Ndirande mountain, Chiradzulu mountain and Michiru Mountain which consolidates the Michiru Mountain Conservation Area.