Western Sahara or Saharawi is recognized by some countries only. It remains a disputed territory bordered by Algeria to the north east, Morocco to the North, Mauritania to the east and south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. It has just over 500 000 people and is therefore sparsely populated with a surface area of 266,000 square kilometers-. Western Sahara was colonized by Spain in the 19th Century and in 1975 she became free of Spain but was administered by Morocco and Mauritania. Morocco had formerly claimed the territory. Support for country comes from the five continents but some support Morocco's claims. None of the strong world powers speak clearly enough on the matter and so the situation remains ambiguous.