By turns of time and history, many places easily recognize today were born with a different name that we know today. In some cases, they have even changed more than once.
One of the best known cases is that of the modern city of Istanbul, born as Thracian city of ancient Greece and Byzantium and was renamed in 330 when Emperor Constantine I the re-found under the name of Constantinople. Moreover, with that name was known for 16 centuries until 1930, took the name of Istanbul.
In addition, there are more cases…
# In 1524, the Italian explorer in the service of the French crown, Giovanni Verrazzano, reaches the region of the Lenape Indians in North America and called New Anguleme. A century later, Dutch settlers who called New Amsterdam to settle inhabit this area. A few years later, in 1664, after an armed conflict, the British seized the city and refound with the name of New York, as we know it today.
# Colombia was formerly called New Granada until Simon Bolivar suggested its current name derived from Columbus (Columbus) in 1818.
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# The capital of Norway recovered its original name after many centuries. She was known as Oslo until 1624 when a huge fire destroyed much of the medieval city. The then King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway, decided refound under the name Christiania and later Kristiania. However, three centuries later, the original name of Oslo was recovered by law of 11 July 1924, to be effective from January 1, 1925.
# Edo is the name that had the city of Tokyo from its founding until 1868 with the Meiji Restoration.
# With the fall of Tenochtitlan, and over several decades, colonial sent van constituting the territory of the New Spain. The territory of present Mexico (and other territories of current neighboring countries) knows that name. The Viceroyalty of New Spain came to encompass the territories of Spain in North America, Central America, Asia and Oceania; it existed from 1535-1821.
# In 1644, the Dutch navigator Abel Tasman baptized with the name New Holland to a huge island in the middle of the Pacific: Australia. Over the centuries, the term was geographically changing a sector of the country, until Australia officially earned the name by which we know it in 1824.
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# The name of Upper Volta may sound to some kind of story. Because that was the name that had a segment of the French colonies in Africa from 1919 until 1958 when renamed in Republic of Upper Volta. Soon after, in 1960 it became independent totally from France and adopted the name by which we know this country today: Burkina Faso.
# In addition, here the opposite case. You know what city now bears the name Tshwane? Possibly you know by its former name, which was in force since its founding in 1980 until 2005. We speak of Pretoria, the seat of executive power in South Africa.
The vicissitudes of wars, invasions, agreements, conflicts and border treaties have moved on. These vicissitudes of history have led to appointments and reappointment of territories around the globe. Do you know more cases?