By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 16, 2021) – In Issue 2021-238 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, put on your  red and green, but not for Christmas!


Today is the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence, known locally as Victory Day or Bijoy Dibos.

Victory Day commemorates the victory of Bangladesh and Indian forces over the Pakistanis in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.

Before the fight for independence, Bangladesh was called East Pakistan and was part of the dominion of Pakistan formed in 1947 when India gained independence from Great Britain.

Since we can’t see the military parades or visit the memorial to the martyrs who fought for independence, we can join the celebration by wearing the traditional colors of red and green.

Here is Cooke’s 1810 map of the Indian Subcontinent, Hindustan or Hindoostan, with Bangladesh to the right.

1810 map of Hindoostan (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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