Aug 8, 2011

Did Mesopotamia Disappeared?

So everyone learns history. Like people, countries sometimes change their names or disappear altogether. Have you ever wondered what happened to these places?

(^) Abyssinia, an ancient African kingdom, became Ethiopia. I read about this a lot when I was younger.

(^) Angora, the home of angora goats, became Ankara, the capital of Turkey.

(^) Burma was renamed Myanmar in 1989 by the military government.

(^) Constantinople was named after the Roman emperor Constantine. When the Turks captured the city, they renamed it Istanbul.

(^) Kampuchea is now Cambodia.

(^) Mesopotamia, everyone learn this during history lesson on secondary school. The fertile plain betwen the Tigris  and Euphrates Rivers, is now Iraq.

(^) Peking, China, is now Beijing. (Now that reminds me of 'The Karate Kid")

(^) The kingdom of Persia is now Iran. Again, the flashback of the "Prince of Persia" surronded my head.

(^) Prussia no longer exists. After World War II, it was divided among Poland, Germany, and the USSR.

(^) Rhodesia in Africa was named after an Englishman, Cecil Rhodes who encouraged European whites to 
settle in Africa. Today, Southern Rhodesia is Zimbabwe; Northern Rhodesia is Zambia.

(^) Siam is now Thailand. Hey, who doesn't know that? :p

(^) Tanganyika and Zanzibar, in Africa, United to become one country, Tanzania.

(^) Zaire, the name of one of the largest countries in Africa, was changed in 1997 to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Well people, its an advance to have such knowledge. Btw, you can always keep track of them on Google.
And I bet how many of us really know about all these name changing or disappearance huh?

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