Waterbound Exclaves

At the time of this post, there are at least 271 places in the world that are both enclaves and exclaves – small pieces of a country not only separated from the rest of the country they belong to but surrounded entirely by another country. For 258 of these enclaves/exclaves, it’s exactly what you’d expect…

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Old African Names for Modern African Countries

As the process of decolonisation swept through Africa in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, many of the new countries were eager to choose new names to replace the colonial appellation they had been given by their previous rulers. Many of these names were more accurate native versions of the original colonial names (e.g., Ruanda-Urundi became…

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