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Former Names: Countries

Q: Which country was formerly known as .. ? A:
Portuguese West Africa Click to show or hide the answer
New Holland (so named by Abel Tasman in 1644; New South Wales was named after British settlement in 1788, but the name New Holland continued in popular usage to refer to the entire continent until the 1850s) Click to show or hide the answer
East Pakistan (prior to independence in 1971) Click to show or hide the answer
British Honduras (until 1973) Click to show or hide the answer
Upper Peru (to the Spanish colonialists, prior to independence) Click to show or hide the answer
Dahomey (until 1975) Click to show or hide the answer
Bechuanaland (prior to independence in 1966) Click to show or hide the answer
Upper Volta (until 1984) Click to show or hide the answer
Kampuchea (1975–89) Click to show or hide the answer
Known in mediaeval Europe as Cathay Click to show or hide the answer
New Granada was the name used (in various official forms) from 1538 to 1819 for a group of Spanish colonies corresponding mainly to modern Click to show or hide the answer
French Somaliland (prior to 1967), The French Territory of the Afars and the Issas (1967–77) Click to show or hide the answer
Zaire (1971–97; formerly the Belgian Congo) Click to show or hide the answer
Abyssinia Click to show or hide the answer
French Equatorial Africa Click to show or hide the answer
The Gold Coast – prior to independence in 1957 Click to show or hide the answer
Dutch East Indies (from 1800, until independence in 1945) Click to show or hide the answer
Persia (until 1935) Click to show or hide the answer
Mesopotamia (in ancient times; also from 1921–31, under the British Mandate for Mesopotamia) Click to show or hide the answer
The Gilbert Islands Click to show or hide the answer
Basutoland (prior to independence in 1966) Click to show or hide the answer
Malagasy Republic (until 1975) Click to show or hide the answer
Nyasaland Click to show or hide the answer
Upper Senegal (1880–90), French Sudan (1890–99, and 1920–58) Click to show or hide the answer
New Spain (from about 1521, until 1821) Click to show or hide the answer
Burma (until 1989) Click to show or hide the answer
German South West Africa (1884–1915), South West Africa (from after World War I, until 1990) Click to show or hide the answer
Spanish East Indies (1565–1899) – also included Guam and the Mariana Islands, the Caroline Islands (Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia), and for some time parts of Formosa (Taiwan) and the Moluccas (now part of Indonesia) Click to show or hide the answer
Lusitania Click to show or hide the answer
Serendip (from Persian), Ceylon (from Portuguese, first used around 1505); current name adopted in 1972 Click to show or hide the answer
Dutch Guiana (Nederlands Guyana) – until 1975 Click to show or hide the answer
Siam (until 1939, and 1945–9) Click to show or hide the answer
The Ellice Islands Click to show or hide the answer
The Trucial States (1820–1971) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Banda Oriental (before independence) Click to show or hide the answer
The New Hebrides Click to show or hide the answer
Northern Rhodesia Click to show or hide the answer
Southern Rhodesia Click to show or hide the answer

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