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Former to Present Geographic Name

Using the former name, guess the city, region or country's modern name
  • What it was/is called in English
  • Myanmar (Burma) is not included to avoid controversy
  • *has yet to be ratified by the central government
  • Quiz by Jiaozira - Apr 01, 2016
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Former name
Modern name
Date changed
Abyssinia
1941
Ceylon
1972
Constantinople, Turkey
1930
Peking, China
1980's
Persia
1932
Saigon, Vietnam
1975
Siam
1939
Zaire
1997
South-West Africa
1990
Cathay
~1605
Edo, Japan
1868
Formosa
1684
Former name
Modern name
Date changed
Bombay
1995
Calcutta
2001
Madras
1996
Bangalore
2006*
Canton
1980's
Nanking
1980's
Upper Canada
1840
Rhodesia
1980
British Honduras
1973
Gilbert Islands
1979
Cape Verde
2013
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Date changed
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(69)
Accept Nunavut for upper Canada?
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Aug 3, 2015
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Upper Canada was the name for Ontario (Lower Canada, which was "lower" on the St. Lawrence River, is now mostly Qu├ębec). Nunavut was not really in the picture in 1841, see.
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Aug 3, 2015
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but to my knowledge at no time was the entire United States ever called New England. A specific region known as the Virginia Company of Plymouth was later officially called New England, and part of that area is still known as New England today. It is officially one of the US Census Bureau's nine regions. The Virginia London Company to the south was never considered part of New England, and was called the Virginia Colony. Saying New England's modern name is the United States is like saying England's modern name is Great Britain or the UK. England did not cease to exist when it became part of the UK, just as New England did not cease to exist when the USA was formed.
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Aug 3, 2015
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Updated and expanded.
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Apr 1, 2016
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Plz add formerly called North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and now called Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) in pakistan
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Dec 10, 2016
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Maybe replace "Rhodesia" with "Southern Rhodesia". Also, Nyasaland, Mikhailovsk/New Arkhangelsk, New Amsterdam and Bessarabia could perhaps be additions to your list?
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Jan 10, 2017
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Oh, and also Batavia and Celebes!
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Jan 11, 2017
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