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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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level 72
Aug 3, 2015
Accept Nunavut for upper Canada?
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level 65
Aug 3, 2015
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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level 72
Aug 3, 2015
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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level 53
Apr 1, 2016
Updated and expanded.
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level 39
Dec 10, 2016
Plz add formerly called North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and now called Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) in pakistan
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level 48
Jan 10, 2017
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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level 48
Jan 11, 2017
Oh, and also Batavia and Celebes!
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level 55
Jun 9, 2017
Awesome quiz, should be featured. Maybe add Czech Republic + Czechia?
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level 36
Aug 2, 2017
Maybe add Mesopotamia for Iraq, Burma for Myanmar, Rangoon for Yangon,
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level 72
Aug 9, 2017
Bangalore should be removed. I have friends from Bangalore who refer to it as such. Cape Verde should also be removed because it's actually the official English translation of the name.
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level 53
Aug 9, 2017
This is by official name, not colloquial. People called Ho Chi Minh City as Saigon long after the name changed. It doesn't mean the city is called by Saigon officially. Bangalore is now Bengaluru, and Cape Verde government would rather be called by Cabo Verde.
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Sep 27, 2017
Bangaluru is not it's official name right now. And I would say that if the people who live there, not just some misinformed foreigners as in the case of "Saigon," call it Bangalore, and the government hasn't officially changed the name, then it should be called Bangalore. Additionally, Cabo Verde isn't standard in English, Cape Verde is.
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